by Crispin Boyer
Published October 2016
National Geographic Children's Books
Review copy provided by publisher
This fun book of quirky failures and famous flops will keep kids laughing while they learn the importance of messing up in order to get it right. Science, architecture, technology, entertainment -- there are epic fails and hilarious goof-ups from every important field. Silly side features help to analyze the failures: "Lesson Learned," "It Could be Worse!," "Losing Combinations," and a "Fail Scale" to help readers navigate the different kinds and scope of the mistakes made. The stories will include what went wrong, what went right, and what kids can learn from each failed attempt.
There are several books about learning from mistakes, but this one is one of the most interesting and comprehensive I have seen. It contains hundreds of real, relatable examples of mistakes, mishaps and misconceptions that turned out differently than expected. This book is not afraid to show fails that ended badly and were never completed successfully. However each "fail" is accompanied by a "Lesson Learned" box that shows what we can all take away from the experience. It is organized into eight chapters such as Poor Sports, Botched Buildings, and Pop Culture Catastrophes.
This book is visually interesting with photographs, colored text "boxes" of varying shapes and multi-colored backgrounds. The index and table of contents help the reader locate information. The text is a bit small at times and youngest readers may need help reading from adults.
My students love books about facts. I can see them enjoying this book and sharing facts they learn with their friends. I would recommend this book for children ages 8 and up.
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