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Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes
     

Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes

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by Keri Smith
 

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From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a book that celebrates mistake- and mess-making like never before...

Your whole life, you’ve been taught to avoid making a mess: try to keep everything under control, color inside the lines, make it perfect, and at all costs, avoid contact with things that

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From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a book that celebrates mistake- and mess-making like never before...

Your whole life, you’ve been taught to avoid making a mess: try to keep everything under control, color inside the lines, make it perfect, and at all costs, avoid contact with things that stain.

This book asks you to do the opposite of what you have been taught. Think of it as your own personal rumpus room. A place to let loose, to trash, to spew, to do the things you are not allowed to do in the “real world.”

There are only three rules you will find in this book:
1. Do not try to make something beautiful.
2. Do not think too much. (There is no “wrong.”)
3. Continue under all circumstances.

It's time to make a mess.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Mess

Mess is incredible and offers a fun and safe form of stress relief through destruction. It’s damn liberating.” —Wanders in Whim

“Keri Smith’s books encourage freehand art exploration and teach artists that accidents and experimentation can yield amazing and unexpected results.” —The Carle Museum

“Two things I love about Keri and her approach: 1) Keri is permission: to break away from my usual linear self and send it on vacation. 2) Keri is encouragement: to create what she calls a ‘habit of experimentation’ which can be so beneficial in living a full, creative life (and in learning new ways to tell our stories with words and photos).” —Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist

“Once you get going, the book really becomes a source of liberation; it frees you to make a mess, stop thinking about the outcome and just enjoy the process. Let go. See what happens. And enjoy your complete disregard for the outcome. A great family activity.” —Family First

Praise for Keri Smith

“Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves.” —The Believer

“A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it.” —TIME Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399536007
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
114,449
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck This Journal, The Wander Society, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Wreck This Journal Everywhere, Everything Is Connected, and The Imaginary World of... as well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children.

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Mess 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
people are so dumb. dont you see this is a NOOK BOOK? where does it say application? i dont see that anywhere... derp derp derp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Keri Smiths Nook app called "Wreck This App" so I bought this book she wrote. I bought it on my nook tablet,thinking I would be able to write and draw in it, which is the whole point of the book. Yeah... you cant write or draw in it....its just a regular ebook. So it is essentially useless in digital fformat. Hopefully I can at least print it, or else I just wasted ten dollars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the spirit of creativity, it is possible to purchase an art notebook or something like it and use the app as a guide....or it is possible to create your own ideas for your own book. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello??? Did no one that bought this not notice that its an actual BOOK? One you are encouraged to destroy? Why would anyone buy it on here if you can't wreck the book without wrecking your nook too...why is this book even availabl in the shop? Congrats, nook team, you just helped lots of people feel like idiots and waste 10 bucks...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only buy real book, not on tablet.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its bout writing things down. Its just a tease looking at it without self expression.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont get me wrong its a great fun book. Me and my friend spent all day doing it! Unless you want to completly destroy your nook dont buy it. Why wiuld it even be fore the nook.