By Belinda Blecher

Frankie Lane won't try new things - they terrify her, make her cringe . . .

Daunted.  Overwhelmed.  Petrified.
 That's how many children feel when faced with the prospect of trying something new they may fail at.  
Whether it's experimenting with a new food, diving into a pool or riding a bike, their frustrated parents can't get them to risk not being the best.

"This is a glorious book. It shows how ... the magic of companionship, our fears can be confronted as you are not alone in your worries.

—  Dr. Robyn Dolby,

Psychologist, Secure Beginnings

Meet Frankie Lane. She is the perfect child, as long as she sticks with what she knows. But as we join Frankie on her adventure into the unknown, we learn about the wonder and beauty of Magic Mistakes

We encounter an 'Oopsy Loh', the Patron Saint of Mistakes, and see how Frankie's fantastically spontaneous alter ego, Tallulah Flare, embraces trial and error.  


We travel with Frankie​ to the brink of her fears and learn how to face and embrace the growth opportunities they bring.

This book offers readers the language to face and embrace everyday, ordinary anxieties.


It is a tool for parents, caregivers and teachers who are often overwhelmed by how to encourage anxious children to be more resilient when faced with life’s challenges. This book is engaging, with a sympathetic protagonist who is easy to relate to.  


Belinda's clinical experience, together with a compelling narrative, and hilarious & colourful illustrations ​make this book both psychologically valuable and entertaining.

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About The Illustrator

Lisa Allen is an illustrator & designer based in Muriwai, north of Auckland on New Zealand's west coast.
Lisa works primarily on children's books and has a variety of distinctly different illustration styles across a range of media.

These are some of her previous books . . .​

Lisa Allen's Books

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