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Book Review: Gus' Fortunate Misfortune

Gus' Fortunate Misfortune is a story about a little mouse who gets picked on by the other mice and the family cat.  Gus feels scared and all alone in the world, but a misfortunate event takes place that turns his world around and lets him see it in a whole new way.

Gus gets trapped in a box while trying to find some food and can't find his way out.  When he finally sees a way to escape, the box is picked up and taken to a far away place, away from his family.

Once in the new location, Gus is able to escape from the box, but is very hungry and thirsty.  So, he goes in search for something to eat.  When he finally comes across some food and drink, he faces another obstacle.  There is a human in the room, and Gus almost gets stepped on by him.   Frightened, Gus runs away only to get stuck in a crack.

The human is a kind soul and puts some chips out for Gus to nibble.  Gus happily eats the chips but is now very thirsty.  He sees bowls of water sitting in front of a large statue, but can not reach them.  

Will Gus find a way to get to the water and overcome his obstacle?  Read more in Gus' Fortunate Misfortune.

Have you ever felt bullied, picked on or discouraged?  Have you ever felt like there were obstacles you never thought you could overcome? These types of behaviors can leave us feeling distraught and defeated.

It’s important to always remind our children that no matter their age or size, they are deserving and worthy of all the happiness in the world, and they will get it. They will face hard times, don’t we all?—but it’s nothing that a little confidence, gratitude, compassion and acceptance can't heal.

This is the message behind Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune, the new children’s book written by Susan Pepka. Pepka takes young readers (appropriate for ages 3-7) on the adventures of tiny mouse Gus, as he transforms his bad day into a hopeful new beginning: through making new friends, facing challenges, and finding his self-worth and the courage to believe in himself.

This book helps to teach:
  • The value of yourself and those around you
  • How to instill this value through messages of encouragement
  • How to face a bully who is hurting their self-esteem, and how they can tune out these messages of doubt
  • Listening to a friend with different views and feelings, and how to help them if they are feeling down
  • And more!

This book is beautifully illustrated by Joseph Cowman.  

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book to review. This post contains affiliate link.  


  1. Bullying is such an important issue to address and I would appreciate receiving a book on this topic that I can in turn share with the kids at my local library.

    1. It truly is important. I wish you the best of luck in the contest. I think donating a copy to the library is a wonderful idea.

  2. I would give this book to one of my foster daughters. They love to read!

  3. This book would go to my granddaughters, they can share it.


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