The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

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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 ...

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Overview

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 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

"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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In their children’s book debut, Rubinstein and cartoonist Pett (the Lucky Cow comic strip) introduce Beatrice, a guarded elementary schooler who has yet to make a mistake, earning her town-wide fame. Leaving the house for school, Beatrice is swarmed by fans: “They asked if she made her bed. She had. They asked if she forgot to do her math homework. Nope.” In cooking class, though, she almost drops some eggs, and this “Almost Mistake” troubles her, especially with the talent show that evening. Though the title might suggest a pompous, know-it-all heroine, Beatrice is anything but; she never set out to achieve perfection, instead falling into a role, the pressures of which clearly weigh on her. In Pett’s energetic ink-and-watercolor cartoons, which vary full-page scenes with inset panels, Beatrice comes across as introspective and lonely. Her comical on-stage juggling gaffe at the talent show is the tide-turning moment, after which Beatrice allows herself to mess up—and to have fun doing so. 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. Ages 4–up. (Nov.)
The Oregonian Parenting Blog
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.

The mom's take: 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.

The kid's take: When my 7-year-old son...finished, he sat with a thoughtful look on his face for a moment -- then reopened the book to read it through again. If that's not a recommendation, I don't know what is.
— Amy Wang

Wrapped in Foil
This book might be one way to help them see that trying to be perfect can get in the way of having fun and being creative, and that absolutely no one is perfect.

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is a fun book with an important message that never gets in the way of the good story. Elementary age children are sure to both enjoy and benefit from this delightful book.
— Roberta

Candace's Book Blog
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.
— Candace

In The Pages
If there is one book you read to your little ones this year - this is it!!!

And this book is perfect for showing them how mistakes can be normal AND even funny!! Pett's illustrations are wonderful at capturing the feelings of the kids in the book - they are simple and yet full of emotion.

Thank you, Pett and Rubinstein, for showing us perfectionists that it's ok to NOT be perfect all the time!! Where was this book when I was a kid anyway!?!?!?

— Becky

Frugal Family Tree
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.
— Liz

From the Publisher
"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.

The mom's take: 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.

The kid's take: When my 7-year-old son...finished, he sat with a thoughtful look on his face for a moment — then reopened the book to read it through again. If that's not a recommendation, I don't know what is." - The Oregonian Parenting Blog

" this book might be one way to help them see that trying to be perfect can get in the way of having fun and being creative, and that absolutely no one is perfect.

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is a fun book with an important message that never gets in the way of the good story. Elementary age children are sure to both enjoy and benefit from this delightful book." - Wrapped in Foil

"I hope that there are more Beatrice Bottomwell stories on the way because my girls will enjoy them tremendously!

Thank you Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein for teaching the kids that you don't have to be perfect all the time!

We love this book!
" - Supermom Reviews

"This book has become one of our favorite books to read together my girls and me. I would love to thank Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein for such an inspiring story.

I love this book... I feel it really helps to teach children, and maybe even remind adults that no matter how perfect someone may seem, that really every one makes mistakes." - Real Adventures from a Mom of 3

"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." - Candace's Book Blog

"There are about a hundred ways the story of a perfect child could go wrong. Fortunately, Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein don't fall into any of the traps. Instead, they offer a delightful picture book about a girl who has perfected perfectionism. Flawless." - Argus-Leader

"I have to say, I was really impressed by this book. The story is cute and the illustrations are beautiful. Most importantly, it was a hit with the kids." - The Suburban Princess Diaries

"If there is one book you read to your little ones this year - this is it!!!

And this book is perfect for showing them how mistakes can be normal AND even funny!! Pett's illustrations are wonderful at capturing the feelings of the kids in the book - they are simple and yet full of emotion.

Thank you, Pett and Rubinstein, for showing us perfectionists that it's ok to NOT be perfect all the time!! Where was this book when I was a kid anyway!?!?!?
" - In The Pages

"It's fun and instructive without feeling overly didactic and the illustrations are darling. Look for it in a book store or library near you. " - Parenting

"this book was not only a great fit for my children to learn from, but me too. Let's face it we all make mistakes and we all need to learn how to deal with that. I make plenty...daily. My kids are young and I want them to learn it's ok." - Giveaway Blogdom

"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!" - Lori Calabrese

"The lively wash drawings carry the story along briskly while the cartoon-like inner panels add depth and a side story." - Deseret News

" 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." - Frugal Family Tree

"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." - Publiishers Weekly

"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." - Did you see that? by CPA Mom

" 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." - OregonLive.com

Argus-Leader
There are about a hundred ways the story of a perfect child could go wrong. Fortunately, Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein don't fall into any of the traps. Instead, they offer a delightful picture book about a girl who has perfected perfectionism. Flawless.
— Lori Walsh
Parenting
It's fun and instructive without feeling overly didactic and the illustrations are darling. Look for it in a book store or library near you.
— Kathryn Thompson
Deseret News
The lively wash drawings carry the story along briskly while the cartoon-like inner panels add depth and a side story.
— Marilou Sorenson
OregonLive.com
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.
— Amy Wang
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Beatrice Bottomwell, as her many friends and admirers know, does everything just right, from making the perfect peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich to juggling. But when she almost drops an egg in cooking class, she can't stop thinking about her "Almost Mistake," worrying that it will happen again. And happen it does—right in the middle of her big salt-shaker-hamster-water-balloon juggling act in the school talent show, when Beatrice makes her first error in a huge, public way. After surviving that, she learns to take chances and risks making more mistakes. Pett's beady-eyed cartoon illustrations are expressive and winsome, a perfect complement to this story of a girl finding out that it's okay to be imperfect.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Can anyone be perfect? Beatrice Bottomwell always does everything right. "Most people in town didn't even know Beatrice's name. They just called her ‘The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes,' because for as long as anyone could remember, she never did." One Thursday though, she almost does something wrong (she drops some eggs while cooking at school but catches them just in time). Straightforward text describes Beatrice's predicament as, unnerved, she ponders her almost-error and begins to worry. What if she really does do something wrong? Brightly colored watercolors and gentle humor combine to portray Beatrice's eventful day, her growing fear and her sprightly pet hamster. During a school talent show, Beatrice finally makes a real mistake--in front of everyone. How will she cope? Learning how to relax enough to laugh and simply be herself just might do the trick. While the plot is predictable and the solution to the problem fairly pat, this is a well-intentioned story, full of acceptance and goodwill. It will be especially useful in a therapeutic setting; it may be a real comfort to a child who is afraid of making mistakes, while children dealing with similar issues will also find reassurance here. A good choice for offering comfort and support to a budding perfectionist. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402255441
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 21,254
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Pett

Writer and illustrator Mark Pett lives in Mississippi with his wife, two children, and a very old dog named Catfish. Every February, the family draws five random digits from a hat and travels to whatever zip code it makes. He has illustrated several books and is the creator of the syndicated comic strips Mr. Lowe and Lucky Cow. 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.

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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.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    My 4 year old son laughed his head off!!

    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".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    So cute!

    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 :)

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