What a stunner this is! The Book of Mistakes, written and illustrated by newcomer Corrina Luyken, is a quiet masterpiece illuminating the inherent beauty that underlies every misstep we make. Even months after first reading this book, I still cannot quite believe this is Lyuken's debut. She is, without a doubt, one to watch. And this book is, without a doubt, a favorite of 2017.
In The Book Of Mistakes, the reader follows Luyken on a creative journey- one that exquisitely depicts how "mistakes" actually become an integral component of her illustrative process. Luyken's artistry is meant to be pored over and studied, with new, quirky details to be discovered each time the book is picked up for a reread. Though there are numerous books that touch upon opportunities arising from perceived errors, this one is as powerful as it is unassuming.
So many kids are perfectionists, beginning a project again and again because they can't get it just right. So how can we, the "grown ups" help to nurture their creativity and limit their insecurity? Use The Book of Mistakes -- and perhaps even pair it with A Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg -- to show little ones that magnificence can be found in mistakes, even our biggest ones. An "oh no" can become an "oh wow!" with just a bit of endurance and a whole lot of heart and imagination. Kids will be amazed at the manner in which Luyken's smudges and spills become extraordinarily special, and for this reason, it gets two hearty trunks up. This is one we will read again and again in our house... and I have no doubt The Book of Mistakes will be one my boys carry with them throughout their lives.
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