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Beautiful Oops! [Hardcover]

Barney Saltzberg
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Sept. 23 2010
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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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
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About 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Fosters Long-Life Creativity! Oct. 9 2012
This book is fantastic for encouraging children to explore art through trial-and-error, improvising, critical thinking and looking at abstract forms and making them into concrete ideas! It opens children's (and adults') eyes to the one thing that anyone and everyone need to make art: imagination!

With imagination, you can do anything! That is the basic, but very practical concept behind "Beautiful Oops." Children shouldn't need to worry about how "perfect" or "beautiful" THEIR artwork look to OTHERS. Children often want reassurance from adults by asking, "Do you like it?" and many adults are tempted to say, "Yes, it's beautiful!" But how about we ask children, "Do YOU like it?" I have tried this with children of various ages and they usually say, "Yes, I like it." As the adult, you can then say, "Then that's all that matters. Can you tell me what you did on your paper? HOW did you make this?" instead of saying, "WHAT did you make" because not everything made will BE something recognizable.

Children need to have the opportunity to explore with a carefree attitude first, before they pay too much attention to technique or the end-product. Think learning process over product! Through combining their creativity with available materials, children will be able to foster a life-long interest and positivity towards creating art that is uniquely theirs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful concept Dec 6 2011
By read3r
I have given this book out as a gift many times. It is a great one for kids and adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A magical little pop-up book that explores the beauty of mistakes. I love reading this to my little guy who often makes the little things into disasters of monumental proportions. This book allows us to explore the idea that life is often a matter of perspective: one persons stain is another persons reason to explore and create.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughters favorite book May 19 2014
By scarlet
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Excellent book for young children! This is the only one that my daughter reads regularly without getting bored of! Each page has something unique and fun about it
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