A Little Bit of Oomph!

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How do you make the ordinary extraordinary? With a little bit of oomph! An utterly inspiring and playful new book on creativity from Barney Saltzberg, author of Beautiful Oops!, A Little Bit of Oomph! teaches the invaluable lesson of throwing your heart into whatever you’re doing and trying just a little bit harder— because with a little extra effort and a lot of oomph, you can make anything beautiful.

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Overview

How do you make the ordinary extraordinary? With a little bit of oomph! An utterly inspiring and playful new book on creativity from Barney Saltzberg, author of Beautiful Oops!, A Little Bit of Oomph! teaches the invaluable lesson of throwing your heart into whatever you’re doing and trying just a little bit harder— because with a little extra effort and a lot of oomph, you can make anything beautiful.

With a little bit of oomph you can help a sprinkle of seeds—lift flap—become a magical, three-dimensional bouquet of flowers. With a little bit of oomph, small notions—like a goldfish in a little bowl—open out to big oceans (just look through the peephole!). Oomph can transform a dog’s tail into a funny tale (there’s a miniature book involved). Oomph changes curiosity into discovery, daydreams into playthings, your singing into others’ dancing.

A triumph of imagination, vibrant, colorful art, and paper engineering, A Little Bit of Oomph! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, spinning circles and gatefolds—and, underlying every page, Barney’s timeless message that creativity is for everyone. Just add a little bit of oomph.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/02/2013
Saltzberg builds on the inspirational advice of Beautiful Oops! in a companion book that is encouraging without being cloying. A plain-Jane opening spread that reads “Make something ordinary” reveals its hidden potential when readers lift a flap that transforms the word “ordinary” into “extraordinary,” with bright colored lettering and cartoons driving the point home. On what’s perhaps the cleverest spread, readers lift a small fishbowl to reveal a peephole; peeking through the tiny circle reveals a whale happily swimming through a wide sea (“Watch small notions... become big oceans”). Throughout, Saltzberg’s enthusiastic mixed-media paintings are in and of themselves a testament to the fertile possibilities that accompany an open mind. Ages 2–5. (Sept.)
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“A heaping helping of abstract uplift.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Saltzberg builds on the inspirational advice of Beautiful Oops! in a companion book that is encouraging without being cloying. . . . Throughout, Saltzberg’s enthusiastic mixed-media paintings are in and of themselves a testament to the fertile possibilities that accompany an open mind.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Children's Literature - Brandon West
Inspiring messages abound in this book! As something of a companion piece to Saltzberg’s Beautiful Oops!, this book features uplifting phrases in lieu of a narrative. Creativity is a focal point of this book presents its messages through a blend of mixed media artwork and pop-up book features including flaps, tabs, and rotating wheels. One of book’s messages is “Change day-dreams into play-things.” In this example, you lift up a cloud to reveal the words “into play-things.” The images are endearing and use of novelty folds will engage children and encourage them to flip through the book’s ten unique spreads. However, the concept might be a bit abstract for the book’s target demographic of three to five year olds, who may have difficulty reading the complex vocabulary. There is some concern regarding the construction of the book, as the glue on some pages breaks loose after being handled a few times. For these reasons, the book will not be for everyone; however, those looking to be creatively inspired should pick up a copy today. Reviewer: Brandon West; Ages 3 to 5.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-25
Emphatic colors and overall tone, plus transformations worked in part by inventive paper engineering, punch up a series of inspirational slogans in this follow-up to Beautiful Oops! (2010). "Make something ordinary" trumpets the first opening in huge letters…but that final word is on a flap that, lifted, reveals a flashy change to "EXTRAordinary." Likewise, "Help little seeds grow" adds "into beautiful flowers" with a 3-D bouquet. Spinning a wheel moves the "o" in "curiosity" into the middle of "disc-very," and pulling a tab after "Put your heart into everything you do!" adds and subtracts letters to give "nothing is impossible" an even more positive inflection: "everything is possible." A final double-gatefold parade of cartoon animals marching through flowers and stars cranks the exuberance to fever pitch with "YOU CAN MAKE ANYTHING BEAUTIFUL!" While it lacks the thematic integrity and friendly collegiality of Beautiful Oops!, there's no denying the book's sincerity and enthusiasm. A heaping helping of abstract uplift. (Pop-up/picture book. 5-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761177449
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 22
  • Sales rank: 207,613
  • Age range: 3 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Barney Saltzberg is the author of more than 30 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Good Egg and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series, with over 800,000 copies in print. 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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