We’re a big fan of giving children books as holiday gifts, not only because books encourage them to read,  but they also provide hours and hours of  engagement that appeal to their imagination!  Susan Pepka is the author of “Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune”,  an endearing story beautifully illustrated by Joseph Cowman ( and one of the most charming adventure stories we’ve come across this year for the younger set.

This tale of the misfortunes that befall a frightened Gus the mouse set the scene for a memorable adventure in which Gus confronts his fears and a range of emotions, ultimately displaying the courage and ingenuity necessary to make his way safely home.

Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune by Susan Pepka, illustrations by Joseph Cowman – Gotta Love It!