The Luckiest One of All is a 1982 children's storybook by Bill Peet.
A boy, feeling as though he has nothing to do, expresses his wish to be a bird so he can fly. From there, a string of creatures from a frog to a mountain express the woes and wishes of their respective lives.
This book contains examples of the following tropes:
- An Aesop: Everyone's life has its pluses and minuses.
- Come to Gawk: The lion in a zoo resents the crowd of people that gathers to gawk at him if he roars too loud or long. He wishes he could burrow out of sight like a gopher.
- Flight: A bored boy muses about what fun it must be to be a bird, because of how they can fly so easily.
- Grass Is Greener: Each of the beings or things mentioned in the story have something they don't like about their lives, whether an irritation or a hazard, and wish they could live the life of someone or something else.
- Turtle Power: A fish envies the life of a turtle, because a turtle's shell means it's pretty safe from predators, while the fish is always hiding from other fish bigger than him.
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: Each of the creatures in the book envies another. The other always points out that there are downsides to its existence.