The Book of Mistakes

The Book of Mistakes

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One eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake.
The weird cat-cow-frog thing? Well, it made an excellent bush.
And the inky smudges . . . they look as though they were always meant to be leaves floating gently across the sky.

As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest omistakeso can be the source of the brightest ideas-and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.

Fans of Peter Reynolds's Ish and Patrick McDonnell's A Perfectly Messed-Up Story will love the funny, poignant, completely unique storytelling of The Book of Mistakes . And, like Oh, The Places You'll Go! , it makes the perfect graduation gift, encouraging readers to have a positive outlook as they learn to face life's obstacles.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735227927
Branch Call Number: JP Luyke
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 30 cm


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Jan 31, 2018

This lovely book is full of self-permission: the author and her heroine see mistakes as a doorway to creativity and new ideas. Perfect for any person, young or young-at-heart, who looks for a book that supports the creative process, coloring outside the lines, and the idea that there are places that are only open to us after we accept a degree of failure and agree to go on. Corinna Luyken, a local author lives in Olympia: check it out!

LiztheLibrarian Jan 25, 2018

Love the illustrations and the notion that to quote Bob Ross, 'we don't make mistakes, just happy accidents."

Mariangela_S Sep 19, 2017

This book takes learning from our mistakes to a whole new level. One eyeball is a bit larger than the other. One arm is bent awkwardly and longer than the other. Ink smudge. A few mistakes combined with a lot of imagination lead to an action filled, series of illustrations and powerful message about individuality. Mistakes turn into opportunities to be creative.

JCLBeckyC Aug 31, 2017

Oooh, this book gives me shivers. What a beautiful lesson. Art is about expression, not perfection.

Aug 16, 2017

Brilliant illustrations, incredible details with a gentle reminder that some mistakes are useful and help us to become more of what we are meant to be. But really, the illustrations are tremendous.

nmaryann Jun 26, 2017

This debut picture book is absolutely thought provoking and inspirational.

Luyken focuses her story on mistakes; the various smudges on the page that can be transformed into something remarkable. “The second frog-cat-cow thing made a very nice rock."

She encourages readers to creatively transform those ink blots and paint smears, and what they might view as "imperfections," on their own drawing pages into something special.

A must read.

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