“They were the ultimate underdogs: four men who grew up surrounded by sand and sea, competing on a mountain of ice and snow against the world’s greatest winter-sports athletes.” – Crispin Boyer, Famous Fails!
Famous Fails! Mighty Mistakes, Mega Mishaps, & How a Mess can Lead to Success! by Crispin Boyer and National Geographic Kids
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Paperback: 128 pages | Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books (October 25, 2016)
About Famous Fails
This fun book of quirky failures and famous flops will keep kids laughing while they learn the importance of messing up in order to get it right. Science, architecture, technology, entertainment — there are epic fails and hilarious goof-ups from every important field. Silly side features help to analyze the failures: “Lesson Learned,” “It Could be Worse!,” “Losing Combinations,” and a “Fail Scale” help readers navigate the different kinds and scopes of the mistakes made. Read to learn what went wrong, what went right, and what kids can learn from each failed attempt.
About the Author
CRISPIN BOYER lives in Xcalak, a small fishing village in Mexico, where he writes about history, wildlife, and technology. He and his wife live with their flock of hens, a turkey, two roosters, and a guard goose.
His 2013 cover story for National Geographic Kids magazine, Return of the Missing Lynx, won an Eddie Award for Best Single Article, Youth/Teen. The American Library Association chose his book This or That? as one of 2015’s top picks for reluctant young adult readers.
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My Thoughts on Famous Fails
From car-airplane hybrids to accidentally inventing the microwave, this fact-filled book has all types of mistakes, blunders, messes, and happy accidents. Not every mishap in the book turns out well for the people involved, but they’re all wildly interesting.
This is one of those books that fact-loving kids gobble up. My daughter devoured most of this book the day I gave it to her. She loved the movie mistakes and the food mishaps/happy accidents the best. As for me, I enjoyed the “Sordid Past” and “Botched Buildings” sections the most.
Famous Fails is written in a humorous, conversational tone, which is perfect for kids in the 8-12 age range. The writing makes it understandable and accessible to tweens. I also love all the photos and fact captions.
Source: I received a copy of this book from Media Masters Publicity.
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