Picture Book Review: Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg


Goodreads: Beautiful Oops!
Series: None
Source: Library
Published: 2010


Beautiful Oops! demonstrates how so-called mistakes can turn into works of art through a little imagination.  From a tear in a paper that becomes the mouth of an alligator to a crumpled paper that becomes the body of a sheep, the book is full of examples illustrating the possibilities for beauty waiting all around us.  Clever and interactive, this is a book sure to appeal not only to the children it is surely marketed towards but also to anyone who values creativity and serendipity.

The interactive nature of this book is indeed its biggest appeal for me.  Readers must bend the pages, lift the flaps, and peer down the “telescope” to experience the artwork.  This reinforces the idea of creativity as something active, rather than a gift “geniuses” naturally possess.  By working to view the world in a different way, the message says, anyone can create something wonderful.

This positive book can be used to inspire artwork or to help children to see mistakes as surmountable. Perhaps most importantly, however, it shows that that the world is full of magic and possibility.  It’s a message that always bears repeating.

Krysta 64

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