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Beautiful Oops! - Barney Saltzberg

Board Book Published: 15th September 2010
ISBN: 9780761157281
Number Of Pages: 28
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

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A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It's OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn't ruin a drawing-not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don't be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.
Barney Saltzberg, the effervescent spirit behind "Good Egg," offers a one-of-a-kind interactive book that shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A singular work of imagination, creativity, and paper engineering, "Beautiful Oops " is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion "telescope"-each demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.
The smudge becomes the face of a bunny, a crumpled ball of paper turns into a lamb's fleecy coat-celebrate the "oops" in life.


Great message about being creative


Loved it



Uniquely beautiful message and book


A unique book to encourage children to give art a go, and not to be dishearten but might seem like a mistake. It is basically yet beautifully written, with fantastically engaging pictures, pop-ups, cut outs, ft. Laps etc. Great for younger audience, but possibly even engaging for those a bit older. Highly recommend it!!!!

North Queensland, Australia


Lovely book


Great little book, but didn't fit my age range as expected. I bought it for my 5 year old, who is a painful perfectionist, but it was really aimed too young for her. In terms of the size and content, it's better suited to my nearly two year old, but she currently doesn't have much problem with perfectionism (she still enjoys making a mess). Probably good for somewhere between, around 3 years.

Adelaide, SA

Perfect took for children


Fantastic book which demonstrates that mistakes can be used creatively to make something else (which was originally unintended). Each flap/pop-up works slightly differently (some open like book pages, some open up, some are textured, etc). Facilitates discussion and themes can be incorporated simply into daily life.

Melbourne Australia


Gorgeous, teaches kids how to think outside the box


Really interactive, beautifully created and would make a lovely gift. My 5 year old loves it.



Fabulous teaching resource


This delightful children's book demonstrates the value of 'mistakes' and opens the eyes to creative uses of said mistakes.



Every child should read this book


My daughter and nephew love this book, with it's lift flaps and creating ways of relaying such a beautiful message. Yes, it's ok to make mistakes, and make each one an opportunity for a new adventure.

Sydney, AU


Beautiful Oops!

4.6 7


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"

ISBN: 9780761157281
ISBN-10: 076115728X
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Format: Board Book
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 28
Published: 15th September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1