This is the second book that Luke Reynolds has written about “Fantastic Failures.” I gave the earlier title four stars observing
“This book, written by a seventh grade English teacher, is replete with the biographies of those who faced significant challenges in reaching their goals. Each entry starts with a fantasy description of how things went, before, more accurately, detailing the setbacks that were faced along the way. The author believes that it is important that young people focus, not on being perfect, but on risk taking and learning. He tells his own story of having been a poor student and then turning things around. The author offers comments to students suggesting coping mechanisms when they face challenges. This book is broad and expansive. It would be an excellent resource for students and school libraries.”
I stand by these earlier comments while noting that in the introduction to this title readers will learn about the author’s baseball experiences. The message remains the same. Some of those featured in this volume include Socrates, Emma Gonzales, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joan of Arc along with many more. There are also sections called “The Flop Times” that are about people including Michael Phelp, Ta-Nehisi Coates and others. Some of the entries in these sections are also about groups as for example the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.
This title is an inspiring resource that is written in a very readable style. I highly recommend it for elementary school aged children. The message of the book is so encouraging and hopefully will be welcomed by its readers.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
Pub date: September 15, 2020