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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
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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...
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...
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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 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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  • From the book

    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.

About the Author-

  • 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.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 17, 2011
    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.

  • Kirkus

    October 1, 2011
    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)

    (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2012

    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

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Supermom Reviews "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!
    "
  • Real Adventures from a Mom of 3 "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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • The Suburban Princess Diaries "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."
  • 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!?!?!?
    "
  • Giveaway Blogdom "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."
  • Lori Calabrese "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!"
  • Deseret News "The lively wash drawings carry the story along briskly while the cartoon-like inner panels add depth and a side story."
  • 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."
  • Publiishers Weekly "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."
  • Did you see that? by CPA Mom "Suffice to say, this is an excellent tale on how having...

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