The Book of Mistakes
Every “mistake” can become something truly inspiring with a little bit of humor and ingenuity. Full-color illustrations were created using black ink, colored pencils, and watercolor.
JLG Release: Sep 2017
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Awards & Honors
2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Zero to Seven
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Younger
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Ages 6–8
Goodreads Choice Awards 2017, Picture Books
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017, Top Ten
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Book List*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
It starts with a mistake, but page by page, one slightly too large eye, a wonky elbow, and feet a little too far off the ground transform and combine into a larger picture—one that not only is functional but also works perfectly. Illustrations rendered in ink, colored pencil, and watercolor are the focal point. The [STARRED REVIEW]
It starts with a mistake, but page by page, one slightly too large eye, a wonky elbow, and feet a little too far off the ground transform and combine into a larger picture—one that not only is functional but also works perfectly. Illustrations rendered in ink, colored pencil, and watercolor are the focal point. They start small—just a circle, a few lines, a dot on the page, a subtle bit of color here and there—but they slowly grow, flowing across one page and onto the next before reverting back to a smaller image that begins to slowly grow again. Each page shows one small glimpse of the final picture, inviting readers to turn the page to see the rest. The simple text draws readers’ attention to the illustrations, and thorough examination is rewarded with playful little details. This is a story about how mistakes can change us all for the better if we are brave enough to face them and march ahead. Readers will love following along as the small spots and smudges on each page change the work in fun and unexpected ways, and even younger readers will finish with fresh optimism and a new idea of what mistakes may become. VERDICT Children, especially fledgling artists, will want to pore over this volume one-on-one. A must-have for every library.—Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University, SC
11 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Level 2.4; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 2.1; Points: 1;