Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes by Peta Rainford @PetaRainford #bookreview #childrensbook #picturebook

Milly's Marvellous Mistakes front cover

Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes written, illustrated and self-published by Peta Rainford is available to pre-order NOW ready for publication on 20th February 2020.

Book Blurb

Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes is a funny, rhyming picture book for the X-factor generation of children brought up to expect overnight success and instant gratification!
Our hero, Milly May, more than anything, wants to paint beautiful pictures. But she always ends up with blots and smudges. She really WISHES she was a better artist, and then – hey presto! – her fairy godmother appears (looking a little bit like the artist Frida Khalo!) and grants her wish.
Milly is soon turning out paintings in the style of famous artists, including: Van Gogh and Da Vinci! There are lots of great visual jokes in this beautifully illustrated and colourful book.
But Milly soon discovers that success that comes too easily may not be worth having – especially if it means losing friends.
This funny, rhyming picture book – about art, friendship and the dangers of instant gratification – says it’s ok to make mistakes. Like Peta Rainford’s previous book, The Niggle, it tackles the issue of resilience in a humorous, imaginative and child-friendly way.
This book would be great for early readers or as a bedtime story for children of around 4 to 8 years of age.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

Firstly, I’d like to say how wonderful the illustrations of this picture book are; they are bright and colourful but also there is an organic simplistic quality to them that I’m sure would appeal to youngsters.

The rhyming text is perfect for little ones and I can easily imagine children whether as an individual or in a group situation would soon remember the words and repeat them with glee.

The ethos of the storyline is just right and I’ve witnessed Milly’s initial behaviour in my own children when they were young.  We all get frustrated at times when we can’t do something, even as adults we need gentle reminders that life cannot be rushed and we have to keep trying and practising to achieve our goals.

I really enjoyed Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes and I could see it becoming a popular story for repeat reading with little ones.

About the Author

Milly's Marvellous Mistakes peta rainford picPeta writes and illustrates her funny picture books on the Isle of Wight, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and hairy jack russell, Archie. Peta loves going into schools to share her books and inspire children in their writing and art.  She has appeared at a number of festivals and other events, including:  Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Exmoor Dark Skies Festival and Ventnor Fringe. Wight Literary Festival, Exmoor Dark Skies Festival and Ventnor Fringe. She is one of the organisers of the inaugural IW Story Festival, taking place in February 2020.

Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes, is the seventh picture book written and illustrated by Peta Rainford. Her other books are Hairy Fairy, Jamie and the Joke Factory, Isabella Rotten Speller, Isabella’s Adventures in Numberland, The Niggle and Jacob Starke Loves the Dark. Peta’s books feature feisty girls and boys who show their emotions, and deal with childhood issues such as anxiety, resilience and friendship, with humour and a light touch.


Twitter:  @PetaRainford


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