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Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Ivy by Katherine Coville
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Otis by Loren Long
Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher
Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8

The Book of Mistakes: 11/04/17

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken is at first glance about making art out of mistakes. Deeper down, though, it's metafiction in picture book format.

The book opens with an unseen artist trying to draw a person. One eye is to big. But the mistake is covered over with some other artistic flair and then there's a different mistake. One mistake and one correction at a time, until the book is filled with a huge and intricate scene.

The illustrations have a retro-look to them, harking back to the late 1960s, early 1970s. It brings to mind childhood favorites like Arm in Arm, Attic of the Wind, and The Summerfolk.

But in terms of structure, one is reminded of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. There is more to this book than just a series of corrected mistakes being built up into a massive drawing of a girl and her friends playing in a giant tree. At the very end, the last spread reveals the entire drawing in a new perspective that forces one to rethink the entire book.

Five stars

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