Little Louie is trying to tell a story. Everything is going just fine until…YIKES! A blob of jelly plops on to the page! AUGH! Is that peanut butter? HEY, WAIT! Did somebody draw in this book? That’s it! Little Louie is giving up. What’s the point of telling his tale if he can’t tell it perfectly? That’s when Louie realizes that when he sits down and takes a deep breath, everything really is just fine, and his story is a great one–imperfections and all.
In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, Caldecott Honor artist Patrick McDonnell brilliantly blends hilarity and heart and teaches a lesson about enjoying life as it comes, even when things get perfectly messed-up.
This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist’s inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains how to navigate roadblock. Packed with helpful anecdotes, thoughts from successful creatives, and practical exercises gleaned from Danielle Krysa’s years of working with professional and aspiring artists—plus riotously apt illustrations from art world darling Martha Rich—this book arms readers with the most essential tool for their toolbox: the confidence they need to get down to business and make good work.