1. The Main Character- So relatable! Who hasn't has a wonderful idea that is perfect in one's mind but the execution just doesn't do it justice? She is everyone.
2. The Assistant - We all could use an assistant like this to suggest we go for a walk when things get extremely frustrating or to chase away any distractions while we're working. Adorable.
3. GRIT- I love the author's message in this story which basically boils down to the old, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." The MC proves that no attempt is wasted and sometimes we just need a little distance to find the perfect solution.
4. The Illustrations- I love the black and white cityscape background set against the colorful elements in the foreground. And Spires nails the facial expressions of focus, frustration, friggin' fed-up, and failure.
5. The Dedication- "For all the little perfectionists of the world"
Parents: If things usually come easy for your child but something has come up that isn't so simple, this book has the perfect message. Also, a great read for kids that love to tinker/build or create original works of art.
Teachers: This book really is perfect for the beginning of the year. It sets up a discussion about hard work, failure, and perseverance leading to success!
Writers: How to incorporate a sidekick-type secondary character; great dramatic build; great at letting the pictures help tell the story.