The Book of Mistakes

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A memorable picture book debut written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken about the creative process and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration.

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.

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.

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’s  a perfect gift that encourages young readers to a positive outlook as they learn to face life’s obstacles.

  • Hardcover
  • 56 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735227927
  • Dimensions: 9.8” x 0.5” x 11.8” inches


  • 4-8 years

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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