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The Blunders: A Counting Catastrophe!

Written by Christina Soontornvat & illustrated by Colin Jack
Published by Candlewick Press
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One, two, three . . . Wait, who am I missing? The Blunder kids’ head count somehow keeps falling short in this funny and familiar tale.

It’s not even lunchtime, and already the ten Blunder children have messed up the laundry, the bathtub, and taking care of the animals. They are driving their mother up the wall. So she sends them out to play with just two rules: keep track of one another and make sure everyone is home by sunset. As the day draws to an end, each Blunder tries counting the others — forward and backward, in English and Spanish, and even by twos and three — but comes up with only nine. Uh-oh! Will their mother forgive the biggest blunder of all? Inspired by a common folktale, Christina Soontornvat shares a humorous story about ten kids who just can’t get things right, while Colin Jack’s adorable artwork lets readers in on the joke that each child is forgetting to count him- or herself.

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Who Wrote The Blunders: A Counting Catastrophe!

Christina Soontornvat

Christina Soontornvat is the author of the middle grade novel <i>A Wish in the Dark</i> and <i>The Blunders: A Counting Catastrophe</i>. She is passionate about STEAM learning, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This story was inspired by a trip with her young daughters to her favorite art museum in Fort Worth, Texas (which has excellent cheesecake). You can visit Christina online at

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Who Illustrated The Blunders: A Counting Catastrophe!

Colin Jack

Colin Jack is originally from Vancouver, Canada, and has illustrated several children’s books. He currently works at DreamWorks Animation as a story artist and character designer and lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons.

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Christina Soontornvat's Book Dedication

For Iliana, Verena, Eoin, Leonora, Beatrice, Elowyn, Lucia, Aven, Mae, Neave, Anne Louise, and Hudspeth. Did I forget anyone?

Colin Jack's Book Dedication

To my three blunders: Michelle, Gabriel, and Eli

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Book Details

Publication Date:
February 11, 2020
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Dolly.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were created digitally.

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