Uh-Oh!

Uh-Oh!

by Shutta Crum, Patrice Barton
     
 

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A charming summer board book that's just right for toddlers, from the team behind the critically acclaimed picture book Mine!
 
What does a toddler say when she drops her sunglasses in the sand? "Uh-Oh!"
What does she say when a seagull lands on her sandcastle? "Uh-Oh!"
What does she say when she finds a crab in her pail? "Uh-Oh!"

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Overview

A charming summer board book that's just right for toddlers, from the team behind the critically acclaimed picture book Mine!
 
What does a toddler say when she drops her sunglasses in the sand? "Uh-Oh!"
What does she say when a seagull lands on her sandcastle? "Uh-Oh!"
What does she say when she finds a crab in her pail? "Uh-Oh!"
And what does she say when a BIG wave is coming?  That's the biggest "Uh-Oh!" of all!
 
This nearly wordless story of toddler adventure perfectly captures the dynamics between the youngest friends and the sheer pleasure of that favorite toddler word: Uh-Oh!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2015
PreS—Two toddlers play at the beach while their mothers lounge nearby reading. After unloading the car and setting up their chairs and umbrella, the moms allow the sun suit-clad girl and boy to take their pail and shovels to the shore. The first "Uh-oh!" happens when the girl's oversized spectacles slip off her face and into a puddle. The boy pushes his tippy cup into a mound of sand, and the children add the glasses and other embellishments to make a sand castle face. Small adventures involving a seagull, collecting shells, the wind blowing off the boy's hat, a wayward crab, a slide, and finally a big wave that splashes over the friends elicit more "Uh-ohs." This essentially wordless story is illustrated with smudgy looking pencil sketches colored digitally in soft pastel shades. Lots of white space surrounds the episodic drawings. Although nothing dramatic happens, this easy-to-follow story offers a pleasant recollection of a simple day at the beach.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Review
2015-01-20
Aside from the ubiquitous "NO!" few toddler phrases are more beloved than the expansively useful "Uh-oh!" And with the exception of a single sea gull's "Awwk!" this titular phrase is the only one to be found in this charming tale of sand and sun. A gleeful toddler twosome and their color-coordinated moms, all Caucasian, head for the seashore, buckets and blankets in hand. In nearly wordless double-page spreads, each minor disaster (wet sunglasses, a naughty sea gull, dropped and forgotten items, etc.) is met with an "Uh-oh" and then a happy turnabout. Eventually the two are accidentally drenched by a rogue wave, but instead of tears, there are their mothers, ready with warm, dry towels. The succession of pint-sized marvels and disasters is on such a small scale that only the most timid of hearts could find any real worry in the tale. Barton's pencil sketches give the storytelling its heart, her two heroes perpetually wide-eyed, and the occasional jolt of realism (waterlogged diapers have a distinctive look all their own) is as bracing as the sea air. Though there are as many "Uh-oh" books out there as there are fishies in the sea, this petite charmer is a fine addition to the beach-time shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385752688
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/14/2015
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
999,577
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Shutta Crum’s first nearly wordless picture book, Mine!, also illustrated by Patrice Barton and starring the same children, was called “a delightful example of the drama and emotion that a nearly wordless book can convey” by the New York Times. Her other books include Bravest of the Brave and Thomas and the Dragon Queen. Learn more about Shutta at shuttacrum.com.
 
Patrice Barton has illustrated many picture books, including I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez, Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche, I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman, and, of course, Mine! You can find out more about Patrice at patricebarton.com.

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