Beautiful Oops! by Barney SaltzbergBeautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

Beautiful Oops!

byBarney Saltzberg

Paper over Board | September 23, 2010

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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.

An award winning, best-selling, one-of-a-kind interactive book, Beautiful Oops! 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.

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.
Title:Beautiful Oops!Format:Paper over BoardDimensions:28 pages, 7.06 × 7.06 × 1.25 inPublished:September 23, 2010Publisher:Workman Publishing CoLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:076115728X

ISBN - 13:9780761157281

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from a creative lesson on growth mindset A perfect book for children explaining growth mindset. This book creatively teaches kids to be okay with making mistakes and that mistakes can be turned into something beautiful. It is a tactile and interactive book that captivates any child!
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Message Highlights that making mistakes are okay and not necessarily a bad thing. A great book, especially for those kids who are "afraid to fail."
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great This is colourful book and is fun to read
Date published: 2017-09-08
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun learning from mistakes. great read
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classroom favourite! Such a fun way to show children that mistakes are not necessarily a bad thing. Great for reinforcing a growth mindset.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book One star off for the price, but overall, this is a great book with an important message. So many kids (and adults) are intimidated by the process of making something creative for fear of making a mistake. This book teaches that "mistakes" are matters of perspective and illustrates various wonderful "mistakes" throughout. It shows kids that they are only limited by their imagination and encourages them to express themselves freely and without inhibitions.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful One of my sons favourite books.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the child that hates to make mistakes! Even though this is a board book with few words, my 6 year old returns often to read it. It has a wonderful message about how your art projects don't need to be perfect...that out of a mistake can come a beautiful creation. Pictures are colourful and each have something special to explore. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great purchase #plumreview my daughter loves this
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book! This book is so much fun, and is such a great lesson for kids!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Magical! I use this regularly with students in my primary classes (and would use with higher grades as well). Kids need to know that they can make mistakes and that all will be well. That they can learn to see a situation in many ways. And that we are all flawed, but truly beautiful~
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love this book My 4 year old daughter and I both love this book. When we turned to the last page and her smile showed it clicked for her that what she might see as an "oops" can be turned into something beautiful with a little creativity is a moment I'll always remember.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great kids book! Love reading this with my 4 year old son. It is full of surprises and he asks to read it again right after reading it!
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique book I love that this books demonstrates how mistakes can be used as a creative outlet. Our society does not always allow us to make mistakes but this book shows that mistakes do happen and we CAN turn lemons into lemonade.
Date published: 2014-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When mishaps happen When I bought this last month it was to show my child anyone can have an oops,no tears have fun with it ,smile ,well it is a very fun way to think..
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Outstanding Book! This book is so unique and incredible---sure to be one that my children will remember well into their adult years. I know this would be a favourite for me if I was a child. My 2 year old daughter asks for it by name every story-time!
Date published: 2011-02-09

Editorial 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. - Kirkus Reviews