Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Story About Becoming

My favorite picture book of all time is The Velveteen Rabbit. I read it for the first time as an adult. I was attracted by the idea that a person becomes more real with every adversity they face. The more battle worn a person is, the more true, honest, kind, and compassionate they become.

The Book of Mistakes reminds me of The Velveteen Rabbit. It too is about becoming, although author/illustrator Corinna Luyken approaches the topic  in a different way. In her book, a character is being brought to life, but the illustrator makes a series of mistakes in the process. One eye is too big, her neck is too long, her elbows are a bit wonky. Some things are just right, but so many things are just plain wrong. In the end, however, all of the right things and the wrong things add up to truth. The character becomes...real.

I love that the first half of the book tells you what the author considers right or wrong, but the second half of the book leaves the decision up to the reader. There are yellow balloons and trees with climbers and parachutes and ladders. Each individual is...
You have to read the book.