The Book of Mistakes – Corinna Luyken

  The Book of Mistakes – Corinna Luyken, Dial Books for Young Readers, (9780735227927), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a beautiful story about learning how mistakes can turn out to be something wonderful.  On large oversized white pages, the story comes to life in black ink as the artist begins to draw.  A mistake is made in drawing the eyes on the little girl’s face – one is bigger than the other.  The artist doesn’t panic but continues to try to fix the drawing.  Sometimes more mistakes are made, but there is always a way to make it better.  The neck is too long?  Add a ruffled collar.  The feet are too far from the ground?  Draw the girl wearing roller skates.  As the book progresses, more and more color is introduced with colored pencil and watercolors leading to several double page spreads that burst with imagination.  This is a story of positivity and the power of art and imagination.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children will delight in knowing that everyone makes mistakes and that it is okay.  Budding artists will especially like this one.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 7/30/17             

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