Beautiful Oops!

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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...

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Overview

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. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A celebration of creative thinking, Saltzberg's small-format book encourages readers to view mistakes not as failures but opportunities. To wit, "A torn piece of paper..." (the cardboard page is actually torn) "is just the beginning": the beginning of a smile for an alligator. Various spills and blobs are transformed into animals, a crumpled piece of paper becomes wool for a sheep, and in the book's standout scene, a panel with a hole in the center telescopes outward, accordion-style, to reveal a tiny creature way at the bottom. Inspirational without being saccharine, this has gifty crossover potential. Ages 3–up. (Oct.)
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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
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
The title may almost seem like an oxymoron; however, a theme of this story is creativity. Take a mistake as an opportunity to use your imagination. Sometimes paper is torn, paint is spilled, or paper is bent. A person could get upset; however, a better choice is to take a moment and think of it as an opportunity to make that tear, spill or fold into a piece of art. Use your creativity and imagination to change that tear into the mouth of an alligator. How about transforming the drop of paint into the wheels of a sports car? The ideas are limitless. Saltzberg shares his creations throughout the book. While reading, turn pages and flip the flaps to see how he changed a smear into a fish, a wad of paper into a lamb, and more. What starts as an "oops" can turn into something fabulous. The book is a nice addition to a creative arts collection, as it provides inspiration for changing an "oops" into a beautiful creation. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews
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. (Pop-up. 4-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761157281
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/23/2010
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 28,850
  • Age range: 3 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.30 (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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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    Highly Recommended!

    This was purchased for a 4 year old niece for Christmas. Her sister (who is 18 months) tends to get into her things and "ruin" them. After reading the description of the book online, I thought it would be a good gift for her as it might help her deal with her sister's "help".
    When she opened the book, it was looked at for a few seconds. It was Christmas, after all and there were more presents to open.
    What surprised me is that almost everyone else in the room wanted to read the book - an 18 years old cousin who just graduated from a magnet art high school said he wished he had this book when he was younger, my sister (who is an early childhood educator) said what a great book this is, and the mother of the niece said she loved the message and the positive spin on "oops!"
    This book shows creative ways to make beautiful things out of something that didn't go as expected. A tear becomes an alligator, a fold becomes a penguin. Not only does this show problem solving in a creative environment, it teaches the foundation of creative problem solving that can be applied to many different situations as the child grows.
    While this is not a book to be read everyday, I think it's an important book to have in a child's library or to check out from your local library. It's wonderful, creative, and colorful all while teaching a valuable skill. I'll definitely be adding this to my own children's library.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Man, where was this book when I was growing up  The perfect life

    Man, where was this book when I was growing up  The perfect life lesson....it's o.k. to make a mistake.   Bring them on. Let's turn that mistake into an opportunity to be uber creative and explore all the possibilities where we can turn that blunder into a brand new discovery.  A spill on your clean, white sheet of paper can be morphed into a wild, crazy animal and an accidental tear in your paper can be turned into the mouth of a roaring alligator. The possibilities are endless if you just let your imagination run wild and follow through with your ideas. 




    Barney Saltzberg designed this interactive book to show young readers how to react in a positive and fun way when you make a mistake. (and we all make them)  The book is imaginative, creative and has a wonderful message to pass along.  "Beautiful  Oops!' is filled with the best in paper engineering techniques.  These pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes etc. give you a bird's eye view of how to transform a blooper into a magnificent work of art.   Saltzberg gives you permission to relax, not worry, and turn that oops into something you can be proud of and celebrate.   So go ahead, step out, take a chance, take a risk and remind yourself that everything you make or design, using your imagination, can become beautiful and have value in the art world.  




    This book is perfect for pre-schoolers (and adults alike), and comes in the form of a board book.  Mistakes are imminent,  heck, everyone makes them.  This book inspires us to re-focus and re-define our mistakes so we can once again turn them into something beautiful.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Great buy

    Great book, I think kids would enjoy it, and I enjoyed it so......

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Loved It

    A precious book for little ones.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Transform "mistakes" into delights!

    I had been in the book store for an hour. Upon leaving, the book's yellow cover with simple graphics and interesting title caught my attention.

    I reached for the book and began turning the pages. It put a smile on my face by page 2.

    There's a torn on page 1 - half page down, from the right edge to the center. I thought, "did someone tear the page accidentally when they read this book?", but when I turned the page, that tear became the big, cheerful smile of an adorable crocodile, and that smile climbed up my face.

    Each page in the book features a "mistake" - a crease, a crumble, a cut or a stain, but each turns into a heart-warming delight.

    Little "mistakes" in life can transform into something colorful and beautiful, through exploration, discovery and courage.

    This book is a wonderful read for children, yet inspiring for all.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

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    Stories for Children 5 star rating

    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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