Fantastic Failures: True Stories of People Who Changed the World by Falling Down First Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings

"Fantastic Failures by Luke Reynolds shares some interesting stories of failures that gives the reader evidence of the importance of a growth mindset. This quote sums it up nicely: “…in order to really learn who we are as people, we need to experience some failure. We need to understand what it’s like to try something and get it wrong – to take a few risks.” Accounts of Albert Einstein, JK Rowling and even Oprah Winfrey demonstrate that failure is not fatal. Readers will love the “100 Questions about Failure and Success (and everything In-between) to Get Your Mind Sparking and Your Heart Pumping” at the end of the book. This would be a great family or class read to engage in conversations about growth mindset, persistence, and the value of failure. Definitely recommend this book!" said.

"This book, written by a seventh grade English teacher, is replete with the biographies of those who faced significant challenges in reaching their goals. Just a few of those featured are Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, J. K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, (the horse) Seabiscuit, Vincent Van Gogh, Christopher Reeve, Albert Einstein and Hillary Rodham Clinton. 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." said.

" School kids book. Success stories can start from unexpected beginnings " said.

" Fun book to help kids deal with failures in life. RTC " said.

" This was a really interesting inspirational book for kids. I would pick it up to read one or two stories at a time, and I always learned something even if I recognized the person being profiled. There were quite a few people I had never heard of, so it was good to learn about them too. " said.

" This is shelved in the kids section of our library, but I think adults would get quite a bit of motivation from this book too. Nice collection of people (and 1 horse!) men and women from around the world — scientists, athletes, actors, writers, artists — really there is probably someone for everyone to relate too. " said.

"Good collection of famous and not so famous people and animals who experienced failure on their way to greatness. Reynolds has put together a wide variety of inspirational stories that will inform, entertain, and encourage readers in grades 6 and up. I was a little confused by some of the extra vignettes slipped into many of the bios. They did not seem to be connected to the featured person and were just placed in chapters randomly. Formatting in my digital ARC and the absence of most illustrations and photographs may have contributed to this disjointed flow, so should I decide to purchase this book for either of my libraries, I will want to see the final product first. Thanks for the dARC, NetGalley." said.

"Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G
Reynolds reintroduces readers to people famous for their successes by reframing them and showing readers that success is not usually easy. By expanding on the hardships that these individuals had to overcome before given acclaim, Reynolds emphasizes how we, too, can accomplish great things by growing from our failures.
The genuine love and encouragement from Reynolds to his readers can be felt in every chapter. Reynolds wants us to be inspired, to be persistent, to apply these lessons of failure to our own lives, and to learn from the experiences of others—from their failures and their successes. While I felt that the chapters became somewhat repetitive, I have enjoyed learning about a side of inspirational individuals that I can relate to.
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