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Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures

Finding the good when things seem bad

(27 customer reviews)
Authors: Josh Langley
10/Apr/2020
Children, Resilience, Self Esteem
Paperback
200mm x 200mm
9781922265692
$14.99

Josh Langley has done it again, by creating a work of art in a book that will speak right into the heart of our kids to support them when they need it most.

Award Winning Author Josh Langley is back and it’s Magnificent!

‘Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures’ is the third book in Josh’s successful kids series, this is the follow up to the ABIA award winning children’s book, ‘It’s OK to Feel The Way You Do’.

Mistakes can be magnificent!
Failures fantastic!
And problems turned upside down!

Refreshingly simple and delightfully quirky, Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures, will help kids build resilience.

They’ll discover how life’s little upsets can be big opportunities to learn and grow.

And how good friends, positive self-talk, creativity and curiosity can help them become more confident.

This is the book on resilience that everybody wished they had as a child.

See other books in the series

LISTEN TO INTERVIEW WITH JOSH ON HIT WA HERE


ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MAGNIFICENT MISTAKES

“Langley’s little books with BIG messages of self-help and self-esteem are a house favourite here. Brilliant!”Good Reading

Love every page of it. An inspirational book.” – Dr. Patricia Sherwood (Child Psychologist)

“Josh’s new book explodes with colour and charisma, and playfully sheds light on the role mistakes have in building resilience. It’s a must have resource for parents or caring adults who want to champion a growth mindset in children.” – Michelle Mitchell – Parenting Author, Speaker, Educator

“Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures is going to set the world alight with love, self-love….the MOST important kind. Josh Langley has done it again, by creating a work of art in a book that will speak right into the heart of our kids to support them when they need it most. After a mistake or a failure, this book will be there, stored in a child’s mind like a subconscious holding their hand, to help guide them into self acceptance and help them move forward.” Joelene Lavrick, B.A (Psychology), GradDipEd and Founder of Life Lessons Australia

“A wonderfully bright and quirky book, that oozes the practical building blocks of resilience, self-empowerment, self-acceptance and emotional regulation. Important themes weaved together with skill, honesty and humour that both kids and adults will enjoy with a big smile on their face.” – Sonia Bestulic – Children’s Author & Speech and Language Pathologist

“Congratulations on your new literary masterpiece! Just when I thought I had read the last love letter to your younger self you open another window into the world of Josh. Such honest and kind words of advice. Guidance for all, in your signature style. A must read for everyone!” – Jonelle Fraser, Education Consultant & Advocate

“When all seems awry, a book such as this brings back a sense of, “It is actually all okay”. I love this book and the ideas it holds within its covers. There should be a copy on every bookshelf. From grandchild to grandparent, there is wisdom and a chuckle for all.” – Leonie Pearce, Primary School Educator

“WOW, a little book with the potential to have a big impact on children of all ages. It really helps normalise emotional well-being and the strategies to help. The simple drawings and supportive text allows access for all students. A must for every emotional toolbox!” – Shirley James-Sharry – Tips & Adjustments for an Inclusive Education.

Josh Langley

Josh Langley

Josh Langley failed high school twice, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a multi award-winning radio copywriter and award-winning children’s author. His quirky and inspirational books have inspired thousands of people around the world. Josh is a passionate advocate for both kids and adult mental health having been diagnosed with Anxiety later in life. […]

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27 reviews for Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures

  1. Josh’s new book explodes with colour and charisma, and playfully sheds light on the role mistakes have in building resilience. It’s a must have resource for parents or caring adults who want to champion a growth mindset in children.

  2. Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures is going to set the world alight with love, self-love….the MOST important kind. Josh Langley has done it again, by creating a work of art in a book that will speak right into the heart of our kids to support them when they need it most. After a mistake or a failure, this book will be there, stored in a child’s mind like a subconscious holding their hand, to help guide them into self acceptance and help them move forward.

  3. How wonderful.. a book that builds resilience in children, that turns manure into flowers… Love every page of it: the colour, the wisdom: an inspirational book and a must for counsellors, teachers , parents and anyone working with children.

  4. “A wonderfully bright and quirky book, that oozes the practical building blocks of resilience, self-empowerment, self-acceptance and emotional regulation. Important themes weaved together with skill, honesty and humour that both kids and adults will enjoy with a big smile on their face.”

  5. Langley’s little books with BIG messages of self-help and self-esteem are a house favourite here. Brilliant!”

  6. “Congratulations on your new literary masterpiece! Just when I thought I had read the last love letter to your younger self you open another window into the world of Josh. Such honest and kind words of advice. Guidance for all, in your signature style. A must read for everyone!”

  7. “When all seems awry, a book such as this brings back a sense of, “It is actually all okay”. I love this book and the ideas it holds within its covers. There should be a copy on every bookshelf. From grandchild to grandparent, there is wisdom and a chuckle for all.”

  8. “WOW, a little book with the potential to have a big impact on children of all ages. It really helps normalise emotional well-being and the strategies to help. The simple drawings and supportive text allows access for all students. A must for every emotional toolbox!”

  9. “In a world where kids are constantly pushed to achieve and succeed, where school is largely (sadly) focused on testing, comparing and ranking, all kids need to know that mistakes are how we grow! Failure is a healthy part of the process of learning. Josh Langley sums these key messages up in his cheekily illustrated new children’s book “Magnificent Mistakes& Fantastic Failures”. Most profoundly, the phrase “YOU are important to the world” highlights that we all have self-doubt and challenges at times, but YOU matter a lot.”

  10. “I LOVE this book. Helping our young people feel good about themselves in a way they can understand and connect……Josh has a unique talent for getting his message across to children of all ages( and even adults). Not fitting in, feeling different, making mistakes and feeling a failure……powerful and important messages for children presented in a colourful and entertaining way. A book that needs to be in every school and library.”

  11. “Yay for Josh Langley,” As a fan and friend, I just wish “Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures” had been around when I was a child- my childhood would have been a lot easier. A superb book for children and reminder for everyone that they are important to the world. Thumbs up from me, thumbs up from my three munchkins who love all Josh’s books.”

  12. Josh really cares about people, he is a great role model for youngsters and adults too. His books are fantastic and easy to read at any age.

  13. Josh is an inspirational speaker and a wonderful writer – we loved having him at our library event…. will definitely book him again.

  14. “Well done, Josh. I’m really digging your work, and following your journey. I love that you provide insight and encouragement without preaching. I love the humour. I love the imagery. I love the message. Congratulations!”

  15. I really enjoyed this book and I think it helped me realise a few ups and downs that I’ve done or been through. Reading this book made me feel happier. Some parts really made me laugh like the question ‘What are you good at?’ My reaction was ‘singing is a yes, climbing trees I dunno, eating spaghetti? Of course! It’s one of the best foods in the world!’ I laughed at the spaghetti bit. I found it funny.

    Another part was ‘What do you like doing?’ and I laughed at the hugging the cat bit. I like the drawings with all of the sentences. They made my day brighter. I never knew about the stars until I read it in your book. It shows the more you learn and the more you experience, the more you’ll understand the world. Thank you. 🙂

  16. “This book made me smile out aloud. Josh has the most magical way of talking about the things that matter. This book is so engaging and talks about how we can see the good when things don’t feel that way”

  17. “Magnificent Mistakes is the book I’d be encouraging Year 6 teachers to have on their desks and read a little bit of every morning and then make that a discussion point”

  18. “I will share this book far and wide with every parent I know. It’s the message we all want our kids to have. Josh Langley is a world class children’s author.”

  19. “I highly recommend this three set of books by Josh Langley, they are fantasmagorical!”

  20. “Love finding books with a special message”

  21. “I think the message in your books is brilliant and I will be reading them to a few of my students who have learning differences. They really struggle at school and often feel frustrated, helpless and worthless. I want to use your books to help boost their self esteem and encourage them to believe in themselves. They are enough!”

  22. Langley’s work is so positive and so constantly reaffirms for the reader that who they are is enough, echoing my own personal mantra of many years, that it is no wonder I am such a fan. And it is So good to have yet another resource to add to the Mindfulness and Mental Health collections, something that was scarcely heard of for kids just 10 years ago.

  23. At a time when mental health is high on everyone’s agenda – even as it relates to children – this is a book which is sure to be on the bookshelves of psychologists as well as in classrooms and libraries. It is ideal to give to (and be read to) any child who is having problems adjusting to his or her world, perhaps feeling out of place and not knowing how to cope. It is also an ideal book to initiate discussion about relationships and how to negotiate the world.

  24. In simple sentences, Langley shows how in fact mistakes can be helpful. The accompanying illustration shows a (stick figure) person accidentally smashing a ball into a window. There’s a page that shows how to turn a mistake into a ‘magnificent one’. Failing, the text says, can be ‘fantastic’. And so, the book goes on, showing how mistakes, failings and problems can be transformed. Friendships are emphasised as is accepting others (and oneself) no matter what they look like. Also addressed is social media (attractive face) vs real life (accompanied by someone using the toilet), as well as feeling weird and awkward being normal, too. Langley challenges readers to ‘be the star and director of your own life.’ One’s ideas, friendship, kindness, and love can make the world a better place ‘for all of us.’

  25. It’s good to see such a positive and helpful book for readers aged 5 to 8 years. Recommended.

    http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com/2020/06/magnificent-mistakes-and-fantastic.html

  26. Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures is the perfect guidebook for readers of any age (but especially the young) and anyone who has ever felt that making a mistake was the end of the world, that they don’t fit in, that they have been dropped off on the wrong planet or that no one else feels the way they do. A deceptively simple book with a powerful message about being true to yourself and building resilience, this book offers ways to tackle the challenge of finding the good when things seem bad and transforming mishaps into opportunities.

    https://www.writingwa.org/for-readers/book-reviews/magnificent-mistakes-and-fantastic-failures/

  27. Genre: Children’s
    Tagged: anxiety, inspiration, Picture Book, positivity, resilience
    Navigating childhood and adolescence can be challenging at the best of times and in the current COVID-19 pandemic, levels of anxiety and doubt may escalate at an unhealthy rate. Books such as this provide a wonderful window into other lives and reassure us that we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings. These positive messages of hope and self-acceptance, accompanied by quirky, humorous cartoon drawings, offer comfort, reassurance and solutions in a direct and practical way.
    Inspirational and positive, this book deserves a place in home and school libraries and would make an ideal gift for an anxious child. Teachers Notes are available from the publisher, Big Sky Publishing.

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