Beautiful Oops!

Barney Saltzburg‘s Beautiful Oops! is a lesson in creative innovation, particularly in the wonderful possibilities inherent even in, yes, mistakes. Kirkus Reviews: “‘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.” Giggle factor: moderate. Adult enjoyment: likely; after all, the moral is for big people, too. Illustrations: four jelly jars, five for the slinky-like telescope in the center. Click here to watch videos, read-alongs, and more.

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~ by kaychubbuck on January 28, 2011.

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