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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 a...more
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published September 23rd 2010 by Workman Publishing Company (first published September 9th 2010)
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Beautiful Oops is a delightful read for both babies and adults. The unusual artistic format of doors, windows, and unfolding paper creations will surprise, entertain, and challenge readers to think differently about mistakes. Don't miss out on this simple yet important lesson; Beautiful Oops is a beautiful read.
What a beautiful lesson to teach children... How to find creative solutions to what appears to be an "oops."
Erica Karp
This is a fun, hands-on book that shows different ways things can go from being a mistake to visual art. On each page there are flaps that are covered by something (e.g., a stain, a scribble) undesirable. However, when you flip up the flap changes are made and the mistake looks like an animal or an object. The book uses these transformations to show everything can have potential for beauty and that sometimes you just need a change in perspective. I like that this book is interactive and gives ex...more
such a fantastic board book for kids with a great message about how you can turn an "oops" into something beautiful!
This is a book about how art "mistakes" are not mistakes at all, but rather can be changed into beautiful creations. The interactive and multi-element pages add a special level of interest and model how accidents can become something really wonderful. This book is appropriate for children of many levels to show that it is okay to make a mistake. In addition, the interactive elements allow for children with lower language skills to participate in a meaningful way.

Theme: Art, school
Topic: Art- fos...more
Sara Jones
Great message about the beauty/potential in mistakes. Great for one-on-one reading.
Evocative of Peter Reynolds' brilliant picture books, Ish, and The Dot, Barney Saltzberg's Beautiful Oops is a celebration of the portals of discovery that are often disguised as blunders. Saltzberg allows us to view the inevitable spills, tears, cracks, and unintentional lines on the pages of this glossy picture book as opportunities for the creation of something new, albeit unplanned, rather than as mere mistakes. This book brought to mind a line from Hamlet:

"there is nothing either good or b...more
Man, where was this book when I was growing up The perfect life'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...more
Cameron Crane
“Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.” This is one of my favorite quotes, and it comes from a man named Al Bernstein. I love it because as a lifelong perfectionist, it reminds me that sometimes taking chances, making mistakes, and being messy can be beautiful. This is also the underlying message in Beautiful Oops!, the exciting picture book by Barney Saltzberg.

The Story: Beautiful Oops! explains how simple mistakes, from a tear in a piece of paper, to a hot cho...more
Candace Offutt
I love love love this book! Found it in an art classroom at a local elementary school while I was there and had to read it. I think this is an awesome book to read to students in any classroom, not just art. It teaches children that it is OKAY to make mistakes and that many times you can turn your mistakes into, in this case, beautiful works of art. Basically, it is not the end of the world if a mistake it made. It is also very hands-on and the illustrations are 3-D and creative.
Beautiful Oops! is an interactive board book suitable for all ages, even adults. The paper-engineering is fun, fresh and diverse. There are pop-ups, bends, tears, lift-the flaps (upon flaps upon flaps), holes, overlays, splashes and splotches.

Author Barney Saltzberg's message is strong: “It’s OK to make a mistake.” Beautiful Oops! illustrates how many wonderful creations often start with an accident. A torn piece of paper becomes the mouth of an alligator. A bent page turns into a penguin’s bea...more
Thank you for introducing this wonderful book to the class! Great little story - wonderfully creative in composition - the folding and unfolding. Emotional support for those happy accidents that evryone makes - go with it and find the beauty or usefulness of a "mistake." some of the great inventions came from beautiful oops.
Justine Edward
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg is one of my favorite children's picture books. To me it highlights one of the most important lessons in life : It's not what happens, but how you perceive it, that determines the outcome. Beautiful Oops shows how 'mistakes', spills, tears, holes and even doodles can be turned into something wonderful with a little imagination.

I bought this book for myself as much as my daughters. Both love all sorts of arts and craft and typically end up making the biggest me...more
When I read this book, I went out and bought several copies as gifts. Among those, I purchased one of those books for an art teacher and one for my granddaughter. This is a wonderfully creative look at mistakes and what can be created from them. A great book for young and old!
Mary Larkin
Introduction: Misplacing your homework, spilling cherry kool-aid all over your mom's new tablecloth, calling a friend a name. Everyone makes mistakes. How you react to mistakes is what is really important. Read to find out about how an oops can be beautiful!
Description: Demonstrates the many ways that torn, crinkled, and smudged bits of paper can be transformed into various shapes and images.

This book is so adorable!!!!! It is a great example of how, with your imagination, you can turn any imperfection (or mistake as they like to say) into art. Having graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design, this book reminded me of some previous homework assignments. Hah! BUT it also reminded me that as an adult, sometimes we forget that inspirati...more
Sarah Paul
Title: Beautiful Oops
Author: Barney Saltzberg
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Date: 2010
Genre: fiction

This book is inspiring! It is a simple, yet creative book that finds beauty in the "mistakes" of a drawing. It focuses on the message that it is okay to make a mistake in artwork because a mistake is an opportunity for creativity to unfold. Even spilling something on a piece of art can allow for an interesting creative animal to emerge. The artwork in this book is exciting....more
Jessalyn King
Great interactive book. I recommend it for any child who likes to play with building blocks or duplo/lego, or make things. (And some good ideas for us jaded old people!)
My jaw dropped to the floor. The level of creativity involved in making this book is TOO DAMN HIGH!!!

(Read at the National Library of Singapore)
Wonderful book that explains how mistakes can be used to create art. It inspires creativity.
Making mistakes isn't the end of the's an opportunity to make something beautiful...
My son is very into art right now. When he's not reading he's drawing. But like me, he happens to be a perfectionist. On a daily basis we run into frustrating moments when something he sees in his mind can't be translated perfectly to paper. He tries to waste a lot of paper with his "mistakes" while I try to encourage. Thanks to this book, I think he now understands that his not-so-perfect endeavors can become something unique and amazing. It's a wonderful message with creative displays to back...more
Kathleen Behrendt
This little gem of a board book teaches us that is is OK to make mistakes, especially if you use that mistake to create something else. Bent paper becomes the head of a penguin, a torn piece of paper is the smile of an alligator. The lift-the-flaps add a sense of excitement and anticipation - what will be created by the oops?

This book is perfect for preschoolers. It would be a fun addition to story times. It could make a wonderful art project - have students make an oops! and create something ou...more
Beautiful Oops is a board book that appeals to the artist in us. At times we don't think what we make won't be useful but it can be something great. Things like a torn piece of paper can be the beginning of something, when you spill, bent paper can be something to celebrate,a scrap of paper can be played with, smudges, holes all lead to something. When you think you have made mistakes it can be a good opportunity. The book is fun to play with flaps and things to explore great for a small child t...more
Alise Durkota
This book is an inspiring book for children of all ages. It talks about how when we take the time to creative, nothing is a mistake because you can turn your work into something beautiful. It is specifically talking about artwork but the principle could be used for a variety of tasks like writing, drawing, painting, use of freetime,musically, ect. This book also includes a variety of textures throughout and has many pop up elements. It may be used to discuss different textures to younger grades...more
Sara Destree
My Daughter loved this book.
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Theresa Christensen
I get just as excited over reading children's books as I did when my daughter was small. Some of the very best messages are hidden within these pages for small hands. This one is no exception: mistakes are a-okay. In fact, they are more than okay. We not only learn from mistakes; but, we can turn mistakes into an adventure or a new discovery. This comes through loud and clear through these pages as young readers flip through the pop-ups, flaps and overlays. A+ for this book - I send it eagerly o...more
Clare Cannon
A little book that's bursting with creativity, Beautiful Oops demonstrates how to turn art mistakes into serendipitous masterpieces: a tear in a page becomes a crocodile's mouth, a coffee stain becomes a pond with a frog, and a collection of papers with holes joined together become a colourful kaleidoscope.

A wise piece of advice concludes the story:
"When you think you have made a mistake—OOPS—think of it as an opportunity to make something BEAUTIFUL!"

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Brilliant!! First, the actual book. It's full of hands on fun, flipping things in all directions to reveal hidden pictures. Enough to enthrall any child (or adult). Second, the message. That making mistakes isn't the end of the world and often mistakes can turn into something really cool with a little creativity.

This book would be fantastic for kids who get really frustrated when they mess something up and also good for budding artists, to help see art possibilities even in messes.
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Barney Saltzberg is the author and illustrator of close to 50 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, Good Egg, Cornelius P. Mud , Crazy Hair Day and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series with over 800,000 copies in print. He has two new releases, Tea With Grandpa and Chengdu Could Not Would Not Fall Asleep coming this spring.
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