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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  706 ratings  ·  178 reviews
When a clumsy armadillo named Lola knocks over a glass pitcher, she sets off a silly chain of events, encountering chaos wherever she goes. But accidents happen—just ask the stoat snarled in spaghetti, the airborne sheep, and the bull who has broken a whole shop’s worth of china. In the tradition of beloved books likeThe Dot and Beautiful Oops, this charming, hilarious ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny book about animal kids, running away from their mistakes and landing in more Oops! Fiasco! Mayhem! Calamity! Spills! Slip! Big Big Trouble! Catastrophe!

Moral: apologize and help make your mistake right again instead of running away.... cute for littles
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is no accident so small that a forward thinking six-year-old can’t turn it into World War III.

You see, there are certain things they won’t tell you when you prepare to become a parent. They’ll conveniently fail to mention the sheer amount of personal injury you’ll endure when your children treat your body like a playground 24/7. They’ll decline to say how the decibel level in your home will reach previously unattainable heights. And most important of all, they won’t give you the 411 on
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lola spills juice all over a chair and decides to run away and hide in the library until she’s a grownup. As she runs to the library, Lola meets a series of other animals having their own accidents and disasters. She takes them all with her to the library. But soon the disasters multiply as they run, turning the entire town into chaos. Even the library itself is soon a catastrophe. Then the little red bird explains that these are all just accidents and they should make it better. So each animal ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the manic-Richard-Scarry vibe of the illustrations. You could sit and pore over them for hours and find all kinds of hilarious little scenes. And of course I love that they head to the library when things get bad. There's a nice message at the end: don't freak out if something goes wrong, just apologize and help clean up.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful and entertaining about making mistakes and not being too hard on oneself. I also love that it's about rectifying mistakes. Lots of details in the illustrations to pore over. Worth a reread or two!
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shoot. I can only rate this up to five stars, and I want to give it five MILLION stars.

This book is perfection.
So much going on in these amazing illustrations!
Edward Sullivan
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A riotously hilarious take on how children frantically worry about mistakes.
Stephanie Tournas
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A young armadillo named Lola spills a pitcher of punch on the furniture. She is mortified and decides to run away to the library to hide for the rest of her life! Along the way she finds other animals who have run into trouble, so the cumulative story ends with all of the animals and a huge catastrophe in the library. And the library is where a little bird tells Lola that she had an accident, and that now it's time to make it better. I love the detailed illustrations, which are a mashup of Matt ...more
Jessica Furtado
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great variety of words for building vocabulary and teaching about synonyms. The illustrations are wonderfully busy, leaving something new to discover even if you read this one a dozen times. Also a nice tool for showing kiddos that even when things go wrong there is always the opportunity to make things right. Lastly, I love that the characters decide to run away to the library "at least till they're grownups" because that's basically my plan in life.

Bonus activity for this book: make a list of
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Loved finding this in the NPR Book Concierge! As Lola runs away from the scene of her "crime" (a spilled pitcher of juice), she encounters even more fellow animals with hilarious/tragic catastrophes of their own. The art makes for richly rewarding re-reads--you'll notice a new background situation every time through!--and the story offers an important lesson about how and why it's important to own up to the accidents that sometimes happen to, or because of, us all.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a strong 5 star review! I loved the detail and the expressive faces of all the animals as accidents snowball across the town.
Mary Lee
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, advice, 2017
Love the permission given in this book to dial back on the mistakes (disasters, chaos, etc) we make and realize they are accidents that we can apologize for, help to clean up, and move on from!
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-time
Dear Public,

Do not bring your mess into the library.

A library worker
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi, touches on the fear children have when they make a mistake. With over the top illustrations and frantic worry, children will identify with the feelings each animal experiences when they make a mistake. While I was disappointed the dialogue didn't discuss more, it does open the door for that conversation with your child or students. I loved the illustrations, and after we read, we played a "Where is Waldo" type of game. I had Sophia find objects on some of the busy ...more
Laura Giessler
Depicts animal characters making hundreds of mistakes--like spilling juice on a chair, breaking the swings, and hundreds of other messes. The perpetrators run away to hide at the library (where they have books and bathrooms), passing many other characters who are making all kinds of mistakes of their own. The message of the book is that these mishaps aren't really calamities or disasters, but merely accidents that can be remedied. The illustrations are very busy; I didn't have enough patience to ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
It's a whoops, a mistake, a CATASTROPHE! In fear and shame and embarrassment, everyone decides to run away forever and hide in the library, where yet more terrible things happen. All is slowly made better with a gentle reminder that it's not a catastrophe, but an accident. Accidents happen, and the important part is making things right again. As errors are corrected and damage is repaired, the shame is replaced by peace and well-being ... knowing that more mistakes will likely be made (and ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A great vocabulary book teaching all the possible ways to say accident. Kids do love to fret and make mountains out of molehills. I may be biased but I do love that the kids seek refuge in the library.

But what exactly is our main creature? At first I thought it was a dog, then an aardvark, and then finally settled on an armadillo. But I can still be swayed. Mostly it just looks like Rocko.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's SO MUCH going on here, that it's worth a second read through. Strong word choices and a great message for those of us who can be perfectionists and get tangled up in life. Accidents happen and will happen and that's ok; just try to make it right.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOL! I work in a library and have seen disasters (not quite as bad as this one, but it's had moments!) and have discovered that when disaster strikes, folks go to the library! AND to think I only thought libraries were for books...silly me! Anyway, loads of laughs in this story that begins with a young armadillo cartwheeling through the living room and----hitting a T shaped table with a pitcher of orange juice setting on the top, which catapults the pitcher and juice onto a white chair! The ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was very excited to get this book, but disappointed when I actually got the chance to read it. It lets children know that accidents can happen, but I wish there would've been more dialogue and explanation within the story. Illustrations were great though!
A zany sequence of events, some related, some happening independently, show how easily accidents can happen. It helps readers understand the difference between a catastrophe and an accident. Offers many words that are synonyms and many that have subtle differences in meaning.
There is so much activity in the illustrations sometimes it is hard to see what the main action is.
Kimberly Sabatini
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Illustration gold and the power of sorry. Accidents happen to everyone--it's all about what you do with them that counts.
This is a great vocabulary book that teaches tons of word for disasters (or maybe just accidents). Loved that they wanted to run away to the library.
Stephanie Croaning
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2018
The story starts on the title page, where Lola the armadillo is doing cartwheels through a living room where the word "ACCIDENT" is spelled out. She bumps into the pitcher of orange juice that is sitting on the "T" and spills it all over the white chair. As many children do, Lola feels that the worst thing ever has happened and she decides to "hide in the library! They have books and bathrooms. And I'll stay there till I'm a grownup." Frankly, I can't blame Lola! Libraries pretty much have all ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We’ve all had lots of accidents. I know I certainly have! The story begins when Lola, the armadillo, spills orange juice on the living room chair, declares “I’ve ruined everything!” and decides that the only solution is to hide in the library until she’s grown up. But oh, no, on her way she runs right into a friend who has accidentally broken a swing, and quickly joins Lola in the race to the shelter of the library. That is until they encounter ANOTHER friend who has accidentally clipped the ...more
Jenna Weaver
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The books starts out with action right away. Lola the Armadillo knocks a jug of juice on her parent's chair. Completely panicked, she runs to the library where she plans to stay at least until she is a grown up. Along the way, she finds other animals who have made messes like flooding the laundry room, selling cookies, and turning on the blender without putting on the lid. Some of the mistakes are actually hilarious such as a sorry bull leaving a china shop with broken pieces and a bear serving ...more
Ashley Duncan
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Accident is a story about Lola, an armadillo, who makes a mistake and spills orange juice on her parents’ couch. When she realizes what she has done, she decides to run away from her mistake to the library. Along the way she meets other people who are also experiencing catastrophes and they join her in running away. During her journey to the library, there are calamities happening all over. Lola’s bird friend makes them all realize that the disasters are just accidents and the best way to fix ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
When Lola knocks over a pitcher of juice, which spills it all over a white-upholstered armchair, a chain reaction of disaster ensues, culminating in all the bookcases in the library stacks tumbling over like dominoes.

Children will laugh at the wacky calamity with its Chicken Little -esque flight sequence. They will also appreciate Lola's terror at having caused an accident and immediate impulse to hide the evidence and run away. In addition, this book will teach them a wealth of synonyms for
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Andrea Tsurumi is an author, illustrator and cartoonist originally from NY who now lives and draws in Philadelphia. The creator of Accident!(HMH), Crab Cake (HMH), and numerous comics, she’s also illustrated Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island (Disney Hyperion), Not Your Nest! (Dial) and Girls Who Code (Penguin Random House). Her comics have appeared in The Believer, Little Nemo: Dream Another ...more
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