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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein and Illustrated by Mark Pett
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Pages: 32
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Publishers Summmary:

Beatrice Bottomwell has NEVER (not once!) made a mistake…

Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Whoa! This girl can do everything super super good. She even has a little brother who is always messing up all the time, just like I have Littlebug as a sister. Littlebug is always falling and running into things so her brother sounds a lot like my sister.

“My favorite part was the ending. All the times I read it I laugh and laugh. Being silly and making mistakes sounds way more fun than always doing everything right. I don’t think I want everyone watching me all the time like her anyway, that sounds boring. This book is so fun and my favorite part is the ending and her little brother who makes mistakes all the time.”

Mom’s Two Cents: What would it be like to be perfect everyday of your life? Beatrice Bottomwell knows exactly what it’s like and loves every minute of it. That is, until one day during class when she almost makes her first mistake. Having never thought about the possibility of making a mistake before she now lives in constant fear that her world is about to change for the worse. What happens when her fears come to fruition? Will she still be the carefree girl she’s always been and will she ever be happy again?

This is the first picture book that I’ve read that dealt head on with the issue of making mistakes and it was wonderful. Not only did I appreciate it as an adult who suffers from a bad case of perfectionism, but my son enjoyed it for many of the same reasons. Though the Turkeybird does make mistakes (quite often as he’s only four) he’s also prone to expecting to be able to do everything he sets his mind to and perfectly at that. He also is inclined to think it’s funny that his little sister is often found falling and tripping over her own feet. It’s never out of meanness mind you, just the sort of silliness to little kiddos have when playing and laughing together. But what I found with reading The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes with him was that it helped him to realize you never need to take anything so seriously that it ruins the fun of living and enjoying what you’re doing. Which was exactly what he needed since he often gets incredibly serious about certain tasks he’s set out to complete.

When perfection and being the very best is often at the forefront of people’s minds it’s good to remember that life can be just as fun with a few mistakes. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein is a fantastic book for children and adults who may suffer from a bit of perfectionism or who simply want to read a great new book. In our home, filled with perfectionists and one clumsy little adorable girl, it was just what we needed to have a good laugh and realize life is for living even if we make a few mistakes along the way. Fall in love with Beatrice Bottomwell and the story of how she became the girl who does make mistakes, happily.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 9. A lesson that children and adults alike can appreciate and will learn from; none of us are perfect, enjoy.

Find The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein at the following spots:
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As an added bonus the publisher, Sourcebooks, has provided me with one copy of The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes to giveaway to one There’s A Book reader! Please fill out the form below and good luck!

6 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Pett and Rubinstein

  1. Joanna says:

    Wow, this has appeal to a really wide age range. I like the idea of having a slightly older protagonist in a picture book, for a change.

  2. Teresa says:

    This looks like something that would really appeal to my monkey. He insists he is always right! I’d love to get a copy!

  3. Great giveaway – thanks!

  4. This sounds awesome! I love the subject. And the lesson. Great review.

    Side note: I’m so excited that I now realllllllllllllly get into your kid’s books reviews.

  5. LadyInRead says:

    thanks for this giveaway. sounds perfect for my kids (5 and 8 yrs old)

  6. Susan says:

    Great Subject…Your Reviews have influenced my Book Buying for My 4 Grandkids. 4 months,3,6,13 …I sincerely trust your Reviews…Thanks….

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