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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. 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.
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
"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 help 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