How do you turn a Very Bad Day into a Hopeful New Beginning?

Gus, an ordinary mouse, must find a way to do just that. Following a series of unfortunate events, Gus finds himself trapped, separated from his family, and transported far from home.

Alone and frightened, the young mouse must confront his deepest fears. Using his wits Gus solves problems and makes discoveries. Adapting to his new surroundings, Gus receives help from an unexpected friend. Each trial brings a new lesson…but will Gus ultimately succeed?

Will Gus find what he’s truly looking for?

Pepka’s story of finding inner peace through hard work and effort is beautifully complimented by Cowman’s illustrations. The cover is wonderful, but only tells one part of the story. The real story is Gus finding inner strength to do things he never thought he could. Fantastic picture book!
Overall rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
I think that this book is great for students to read and realize that no matter what is put in front of you, with courage, determination and a bit of creativity, you can get through it. New friendships can be made, even in places where you would think it wouldn’t be possible. The old saying “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” is a similar motto throughout Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune. One has no idea what another person has been through in their life. Be kind to one another and support each other.
A sweet, meaningful, and endearing book for kids and adults alike! Beautiful images that reflect the wonderful heart of this little tale. It will quickly become a family favorite!

— Reviewed by Mel Boyd