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Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
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
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
Ivy by Katherine Coville
The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt
Otis by Loren Long
Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game by Amy Gutierrez
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
We Are the Engineers by Angela Melick
Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles
A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher
Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 06)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 13)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 27)
October 2017 Sources
October 2017 Summary
Reading Goals for 2018

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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


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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