"Beatrice offers a lesson we could all benefit from: learn from your mistakes, let go, laugh, and enjoy the ride." JENNIFER FOSBERRY, New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Not Isabella
Being perfect is overrated.
Beatrice Bottomwell 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, the entire town calls her The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes!
One day, the inevitable happens: Beatrice makes a huge mistake in front of everyone!
But in the end, readers (and perfectionists) will realize that life is more fun when you enjoy everythingeven the mistakes.
Additional praise for The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes:
"This funny and heartfelt book conveys a powerful message about how putting too much pressure on yourself to be perfect can suck the joy out of everything. Beatrice's discovery that you can laugh off even a very public mistake shows the importance of resiliency and helps perfectionist kids keep things in perspective. Most importantly, Beatrice reminds the reader that it's more important to enjoy the things that you do than worry about doing them perfectly." A Mighty Girl
"The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is a must-read for any young (or old!) perfectionist. Beatrice Bottomwell is perfectly imperfect!" Stephanie Oppenheim, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
"It's fun and instructive without feeling overly didactic and the illustrations are darling." Parenting
"This book will help little perfectionists see that making mistakes is okay, and it can be a lot of fun too!" Kids Book Blog
About the Author
Gary Rubinstein teaches high school math by day and is occasionally a comedian by night. In addition to co-authoring this book, he has written two guidebooks for new teachers. He lives in New York City with his wife, Erica, and his daughter, Sarah.
Read an Excerpt
For Beatrice Bottomwell, Friday began like any other day.
She matched her socks. And, of course, she put her shoes on their proper feet.
She remembered to feed her hamster, Humbert, his favorite food, broccoli. And when she made a sandwich for her brother Carl's lunch, she used exactly the same amount of peanut butter as jelly.
When she stepped outside to greet her fans, she didn't forget to say "good morning" and "thank you."
They asked if she made her bed. She had.
They asked if she forgot to do her math homework. Nope.
"What about tonight's talent show?" they asked. "I'm ready!" said Beatrice with a smile. After all, her juggling act had won three years in a row.
Most people in town didn't even know Beatrice's name.
They just called her "the Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes," because for as long as anyone could remember, she never did.
What People are Saying About This
I love the latest picture book, THE GIRL WHO NEVER MADE MISTAKES by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein.
This is a great book to remind us that we all make mistakes and when we do, we need to just sit back and laugh. After all, perfect is boring!
The lively wash drawings carry the story along briskly while the cartoon-like inner panels add depth and a side story.
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Gary Rubinstein and Mark Pett is cute and simple book.
This book is cute for boys and girls alike.
The book's message is unmistakable (so to speak), paired with a subtler reminder of how easy it is to have one's confidence shaken.
Suffice to say, this is an excellent tale on how having a fear of failure leads very quickly to a very boring life - Feel the Fear and DO IT ANYWAY as I tell my kiddos. Making mistakes is NOT the end of the world, but a way to learn. Excellent book - I highly recommend it.
In an age when parents berate teachers who dare to give out B's and children receive blue ribbons just for entering an art show, Gary Rubinstein's tale of a 9-year-old perfectionist is a refreshing fable that assures kids it's OK to mess up once in a while but doesn't beat them over the head with the moral. Mark Pett's gentle cartoon illustrations liven up even more the story of an ordinary-looking girl who clings to her image of being anything but ordinary.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.My original review was posted at There's A Book.
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And so did my wife ... This is an unusually funny and brilliantly illustrated book. We love it and can't wait for the next in the series. It grabbed our attention immediately. Beatrice and her brother Carl are hilarious in their differences, and both parents and kids alike will learn to find humor in their "mistakes".
This book is just what both young and practiced perfectionists need. As a recovering perfectionist I know the struggle Beatrice goes through in this book, making sure everything is done just right. As a perfectionist she fears making mistakes and in living her ‘perfect’ life, she misses out on fun activities like ice-skating with her friends. When the inevitable happens and Beatrice finally makes a mistake she learns that maybe making mistakes isn’t such a bad thing after all. After all, there’s less stress and more fun to be had when you learn to let go and remember you’re human like everyone else. With a great message and engaging illustrations, I highly recommend this adorable picture book.
I think this is a great lesson in life and that it is really fun to read i read this book to my childeren every other week.
We love this book. My four year old daughter has started laughing when she makes mistakes now and saying "I made a mistake to learn from!" I'm glad she knows it's ok to make mistakes and that everyone does :)