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Beautiful Oops! Board book – September 23, 2010

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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

“Clumsy kids will appreciate Barney Saltzberg’s imaginative book, which shows how mistakes (spills, tears, stains) can turn into something wonderful.” - Parents Magazine
 


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

About the Author

Barney Saltzberg is the author of more than 30 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, A Little Bit of Oomph, Good Egg and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series. Additionally, he’s recorded four albums of songs for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two dogs, and a pond full of fish.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 40L (What's this?)
  • Board book: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Ltf Nov Po edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076115728X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761157281
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I saw this book, I thought it was the perfect gift for all the perfectionist children out there, including (and especially) their parents. Here's a gem of a book that finally celebrates everyday spills and paper tears and turns them into "happy accidents." I bought it for my four-year old who went wild with it, as well as for my niece who cried last time she was drawing a line that didn't turn out "straight." This book can turn a tear into a smile. It's a lesson for kids as well as adults.
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A simple, yet very creative book that finds beauty in everyday "mistakes". The message, art, and interactive pages are all great for "kids" of all age (ranging from 1 to 47 in our family).
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I completely agree with the previous reviews about this book being for all ages. I first saw BEAUTIFUL OOPS when I stumbled into the author's book signing by accident. I bought two signed copies as birthday gifts for my nieces. It was such a success that I plan to buy copies for all my holiday gifts, not just for the little ones, for my friends and relatives, too!
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This is a wonderful book! I wish I would have had this a few years ago but happy to have found it now. We have a child with a very controlling personality who, at a very early age, would get so upset if something wasn't perfect. If paper ripped or something spilled, they would have a meltdown. We have tried to show them time after time that you can make something creative and new with the situation. Hearing it from your parents and seeing it in print are two different things! Our child LOVES to read so this is wonderful! A wonderful idea that has been put into print! Highly recommend for everyone. A great teaching tool to help instill flexibility and positive thinking, and creatively addressing unexpected situations. Also a great great great book for parents (new and old). For "new" parents to find fun instead of frustration, and for "established" parents to remind them to find the fun in the small stuff!!!!
(Short book though .....wish it were longer because it is so good!)
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This book has been great in teaching my preschooler that things don't have to be "perfect" to be beautiful. It's creative, fun, and colorful. The message of the book can be turned into several different lessons for kids:

-An "OOPS" isn't a reason to cry, but a chance to make something great
-Things can still be beautiful even with "flaws"
-Everyone has "OOPS", nobody is perfect

It's a short book that only takes a couple of minutes to read.

Overall, it is a great book that I'd recommend to anyone with a budding perfectionist at home. :)
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Synopsis:
"Everyone who has ever said the word `oops' will be smiling when they see the masterpiece that Barney Saltzberg has created . . . funny and fun, Beautiful OOPS! is the best fit to give anyone, any age, anywhere, anytime." ~Jamie Lee Curtis

Overall thoughts:
This is a delightful concept book for all ages, even though it is suggested for ages 3 and up. With bright vivid colors throughout children of all ages will love turning each page to find something fun or a little different to get their creative muse turning. If you have someone who loves art . . . this would be a fun book to give as a gift.

Author and illustrator, Barney Saltzberg is also the creative force behind the bestselling Peekaboo Kisses and last year's Good Egg. A singular work of imagination, creativity and paper engineering fills this book with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges and even an incredible accordion "telescope".

Children will delight in knowing they can create anything from torn paper like an alligator. Or see a spill become an elephant . . . a pack of puppies . . . or even a family of birds. Besides each page having a creative twist to an everyday "Oops", you also get a surprise trying to find how each page reveals the hidden creativity of the "Oops". Making this book extra special and a unique concept book.
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"Beautiful OOPS!" is about mistakes and how to make something fancy out of them. It is also about using your imagination.

Kids would like this book because it's about being creative, the pictures are funny and it's colorful. They would also like all the stuff to do in the book, like lifting all the flaps.

My favorite parts were the whole book.

Adults and kids of every age would like this book and both boys and girls, too.

It gets 5 stars!

Reviewed by Young Mensan Lila, age 5
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This chunky little book is a great gift for preschoolers or anyone on your list who may need a gentle reminder that every oops! can be made beautiful with just a bit of imagination.

Artistic opportunities abound when paint drips and paper tears. Spills and smudges become happy surprises on each brightly colored page. The right attitude can turn, "I messed up," into, "Wow!"

Small hands will enjoy exploring the foldouts, pop-ups, holes and rips. Older readers will appreciate the book's simple message: life is full of mistakes - embrace them!
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