Friday, 19 June 2020

Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures: Finding the good when things seem bad


Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures: Finding the good when things seem bad by Josh Langley (Big Sky Publishing) PB RRP $14.99 ISBN: 781922265692

Reviewed by Nikki M Heath

The modern world with its pervasive technology and intense pressures affects children and adults alike.  With its straightforward advice for finding confidence and building resilience, Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures is a practical guide to navigating some of life’s key challenges.

The text is written in clear, concise language and addresses a broad spectrum of the concerns that weigh on kids’ minds on a daily basis.  Perfectionism, social media, anxiety, self-worth and friendship are all tackled head-on.  Techniques are offered for putting worries into perspective, reframing problems and reaching out with kindness.

Bold, colourful cartoon illustrations featuring a wide cast of stick figure characters provide examples - sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious - of the concepts explored in the text. 

This book will be a valuable resource for parents and teachers of primary-school aged children, and one the kids will also find amusing and engaging.  Teaching materials are available.

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