Oliver's day has started out lousy -- can he turn his luck around? Eyewitness testimony confirms that Oliver is having a pretty lousy day. By the time he gets to school (late), he's tangled with the hairbrush, stepped in dog drool, burnt his toast, and been hit in the head by his little sister's gooey banana. At school, the pile-on of bad luck continues, and when someone takes over Oliver's square on the reading-time carpet -- that's the last straw! Oliver gets mad, gets quiet, gets sad, starts to talk, and then really takes charge.