The Book of Mistakes

The Book of Mistakes

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"As an artist creatively incorporates her slipups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which 'mistakes' can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress"--
Published: New York, NY :, Dial Books for Young Readers,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735227927
Branch Call Number: E LUY
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,chiefly color illustrations ;,30 cm


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Jun 15, 2019

Even grandmother loved this....see even mistakes can be turned into something

IndyPL_AnnaL Jun 13, 2019

I connected with this short but powerful book on a personal level. The book starts with the narrator drawing a picture of a girl. Along the way the author makes mistakes but figures out ways to complete the drawing by turning the mistakes into adventures for the girl. I love this book because it points out that even if you do make mistakes, it is ok, sometimes mistakes can be just what you need to have a great adventure.

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."

Nov 27, 2017

This is a beautiful book that expands as 'mistakes' are made--the culmination is quite a wonderful surprise.

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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