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Reviewed by Jen K.

I have read a lot of positive press on this book and was so excited to be able to check it out first hand. How pleased I was to discover that everyone else before me was right on – what a brilliant children’s book! We all have our fair share of mistakes – an oops here and a whoopsie there. Barney Salzberg shows us how to turn those little errors into something beautiful every time. A torn piece of paper becomes the jagged smile of a sweet crocodile. He turns drips of paint into driving pigs, a bent paper into a penguin’s beak, and spilled coffee into a work of art.

Just so you know what you are getting, Beautiful Oops! from Workman Publishing is not a large picture book. It is about the size of a board book, but more puffed up to accommodate all the fun extras inside, like a board book on steroids. Some pages have pop-ups, liftable flaps, or pages that open out. There are holes to peer through, bent edges and oddly shaped pages. I love that each page is different from the last, so you never know what’s around the corner (literally). The illustrations are every bit as varied and surprising. Would you have guessed that spilled purple paint could turn into a pile of dogs or a nest of baby birds? Not only does clever Salzberg demonstrate his ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, but encourages us to do the same!

Although the book is small in size, it definitely should not be limited to young children. In addition to being fun, Beautiful Oops! contains a very valuable message for people of all ages. Just because you made a mistake, doesn’t mean you should give up. Rather, treat your errors as an opportunity to make something even more creative. Although this is a lesson best learned while young, to save a lot of stress and heartache, it’s never too late to learn that rolling with the punches is a heck of a lot more fun that striving for perfection.

Jen lives in Michigan with her husband and six year old son. She writes reviews of children’s books on her blog, FIRR-Kids and loves filling her shelves with cookbooks.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Workman Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.