Beautiful Oops!

Beautiful Oops!

Book rating: 04 Board book

By (author) Barney Saltzberg

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  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Format: Board book | 28 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 175mm x 28mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 23 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 076115728X
  • ISBN 13: 9780761157281
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Illustrated
  • Illustrations note: 4 colour illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 209

Product description

We all make mistakes - grown-ups and children alike. But little kids sometimes have trouble dealing with their mistakes, whether it's a piece of artwork they've torn by accident, or juice they've spilled on their favorite drawing. In this book, every page begins with a 'mistake' that ultimately unravels, lifts out, or pulls up to become a surprising work of beauty. Kids see firsthand as they go through the book that any smudge, smear or stain can lead to something absolutely marvelous - with a little imagination. Inspiring and inventive, this interactive board book teaches a valuable lesson: 'When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!'

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Customer reviews

By shirley cheng 15 Jun 2013 5

I plan to have baby and started to buy books which might explore his/her interest in reading.This is one of the books I am looking for!

By Katie Black 24 Nov 2012 5

The perfect book for the whole family. Tough enough to survive our 1 year old, full of interesting ideas for the adults and perfect for our 3 year old who is forever asking for new paper because of an imperfection added by her brother. High quaity, well written and fun.

By Jemma Elkington 16 May 2011 5

This is one of my favourite children's books ever. As a teacher I have read it to many children, and they love it so much I often read it more than once :) It has a great message and is the basis for many art activity ideas. Love it!!!

By ben macaulay 01 May 2011 4

I bought this for my 3 year old and he loves it. He has nearly memorised it.
It's visually tasteful and well worded. My only hesitation was when my son thought he could make all rips beautiful (so we had to teach him not to tear books that had started with a rip).
but that was only drummed in once.

i recommend it for pre schoolers.

By Katherine Knapsey 02 Mar 2011 3

This book is amazingly beautiful, and the construction is classy, and very nice for a child to interact with. So if you love lovely things, buy this book.

For me though, the problem is the text. If this was a self-help book for adults, or even late teens, then it might be appropriate to address the theme of the book (you can change your mistakes into something beautiful) in such a direct manner. For kids though, subtly, and the chance to make their own discoveries as a story progresses is the most wonderful aspect of reading. As it stands now, the book is bombastic, and yet without changing a single aspect of the page design, it really could be enchanting if the words told a story with a little heart.

Review quote

A pleasingly tactile exploration of the possibilities inherent in mistakes. "A torn piece of paper... is just the beginning!" Spills, folded paper, drips of paint, smudges and smears they "all can make magic appear." An increasingly complex series of scenarios celebrates random accidents, encouraging artistic experimentation rather than discouragement. The folded-over paper can be a penguin's head; a torn piece of newsprint can turn into a smiling dog with a little application of paint; a hot-chocolate stain can become a bog for a frog. Thanks to a telescoping pop-up, a hole is filled with nearly limitless possibilities. The interactive elements work beautifully with the photo-collaged "mistakes," never overwhelming the intent with showiness. Saltzberg's trademark cartoon animals provide a sweetly childlike counterpoint to the artful scribbles and smears of gloppy paint. A festive invitation to creative liberation. - "Kirkus Reviews""