The Book of Mistakes

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Product Description Zoom meets Beautiful Oops! in this memorable picture book debut about the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration One eye was bigger than the other.  That was a mistake. The weird  frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush. And the inky smudges… they look as if 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 “mistakes” 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. From School Library Journal PreS-Gr 3—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 Review "A striking debut picture book celebrates the creative process. Careful looking will be rewarded with surprising, often funny details in the art, which invites poring over...It would be a grave mistake not to pick up this picture book." -Kirkus (starred review) From the Inside Flap A little spill could be a small mistake... or the start of a big idea. With playful text and stunning art, this deceptively simple story shows how the biggest blunders can spark the brightest inspiration.  A celebration of creativity and exploration, The Book of Mistakes reminds readers of all ages that the way we look at the world, and ourselves, is always a work in progress. About the Author Corinna Luyken lives with her husband and daughter in Olympia, WA.   The Book of Mistakes is her first book-- an idea that would be nothing without her many, many mistakes.


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