Childrens Book Review & Giveaway *ENDED*: The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett & Gary Rubinstein

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett & Gary Rubinstein
Illustrated by Mark Pett
Hardcover, 32 pgs.
Published October 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Reading Level: 4-8
Source: Publisher *for review*

 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!

 I have a six your daughter and a two year old son.  Now my two year old didn’t have a lot of interest in the book at first but once I started reading he actually settled down and listened.  Of course he was more interested in the illustrations where a girl was riding her bike and where she caught an egg in her mouth (that one was really silly and they laughed a lot!) but he actually listened.  And my six year old, well, she really liked it.  
The story was fun enough to read, as an adult.  It’s important to me that it flows well, so that it’s easy for me to change my voice as needed and this did flow well.  It didn’t rhyme or anything, but it was still easy to read and include the fun voices.  
The illustrations were fun and while they weren’t super vibrant or crazy and all over the page, they were fun and were done in a way that there could be a few different ones per page.  Hard to explain, guess you’ll have to buy it!  Like I said, my two year old loved pointing out everything on the pages, which shows they apparently entertained him quite well.  
The best part of this book was the message sent.  That you don’t have to be perfect, that making mistakes is okay and you sure can have a lot more fun if you allow yourself not to worry so much about messing up.  
Overall this is a great book that I’m sure my children will enjoy for the next several years.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I received no monetary compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Oh, Lordy! My life is a walking mistake. HAH! I think one of my most embarrassing, and it’s captured in pictures, is my hairdo in third grade. There was no one to tell me getting it cut and permed (Yes, think poodle) was a bad idea. My mother let me learn my lesson from that one.

    I would totally love to read this book and add it to my 3 1/2 year old niece’s collection. She loves books!

    lisaaustin121 at gmail dot com

    Fun review and it sounds like a really cute story!

  2. Yeah, with books like this, you usually need really good illustrations for it hold the little ones’ interest.

    A mistake from my past? Yikes! Where to start? When I was little, I remember being really embarrassed because I didn’t have a middle name, and all the kids around me did, so I made one up and told all my friends my fake middle name. Later, when we had a parent’s night or something, a kid asked my mom if I did have a middle name and she told him I didn’t. The next day, everyone knew I lied! LOL

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    missie at

  3. This would be a great book to read to my Kindergarten class!! One of the many mistakes that I have made happened in the classroom. I had written down the wrong birthday for one of my students. So he comes in on what I thought was his birthday and we sing to him and make him wear the birthday crown, all the while he is saying “I didn’t know it was my birthday…I think I’m still 5, ect” But thinking I was smarter than a kindergartener I convinced him otherwise. Needless to say he went home expecting cake and presents, but his real birthday wasn’t for 7 more months!!!! Thank goodness his mom had a good sense of humor!

    somer28 at live dot com

  4. Gah! My most embarrassing moment would have been my first year of college. I was walking around the University before classes were going to start, getting a feel for the layout and I totally tripped down the last three stairs and went down only to land on my knees. It was really painful and I was all teary eyed and the hottest guy came up to ask if I was okay. I felt like such an idiot. I don’t normally fall down stairs.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Candace!


  5. My whole life tends to be full of humiliation throughout the day >.> One time I had to make my Organic final and there was a massive traffic jamb, I had to leave my car on the side of the road and run frantically with a huge backpack…people laughed…the whole time O.O edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  6. I used to sing in s band and one performance i just forgot the words to the song. I tried to remember perhaps another verse but nothing. The guys)band members) looked at me like what is going on! They had to just end the song and we started another one. My kids would love this book! Thanks!


  7. I think we all have had some embarassing moments. I fell one time when I was intoxicated and hit a wall. I did not turn out good. I cute my eyelid, a cute on my nose, and had 2 black eyes. I was so embarassed because it look like I got beat up. My roommate at the time new that was not true because right after it happened, I was in the basement, she new I was by myself and she was my only witness to tell people that I did really fall.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  8. Not entering the giveaway, but this one looks freaking adorable! I’m strange and like to read children’s books every once in a while (especially ones that rhyme) and I think I’d find this one so cute. Glad to hear the little ones liked it too :)

  9. This was in High school… “I was in science class, and I really liked the boy sitting next to me.. He passed me a note saying he liked me, I was so happy! I wrote back, ‘I like you too!’ The teacher saw us writing notes; she picked it up and read it to the whole class. It was really embarrassing. Later that day he approached me and told me that the note was meant for the girl, who was sitting on the other side of me… Now, we have two kids and happily married!!! HE LOVES ME!!! :)

  10. I would love this book for my son!

    Something embarrassing happened to me yesterday! I was at the grocery store, and did about $200 worth of groceries. When I went to get my debit card out to pay for it, I didn’t have it! The way the people in line behind me were looking at me made me feel like an idiot! Thankfully my bank was right next door and still open! I just ran over to the bank and got some cash!

    lusravesandrants @ gmail . com

  11. I can remember my mistake, it’s when I missed a step leading into my basement. That led to a broken foot, and to RSD (a nerve disorder), This has led to total disability, pain 24/7,the loss of a career as a teacher, and the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Trus story. You just can’t make up stuff like that

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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