Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Pop Brdbk edition (September 23, 2010)
“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 chocolate ring, can become a work of art. In this story, the reader is given a series of “mistakes”, and the opportunity to watch as they are creatively transformed into something wonderful.
The Artwork: The artwork in this book is exciting, organic, and delightful. What looks like a simple spill on one page becomes a collection of animals on the next. From lovable characters, to hidden surprises, Beautiful Oops! seems to have it all.
The Layout: Beautiful Oops! offers a one-of-a-kind interactive experience, with tears, holes, fold-outs, and pop-ups. Turning each page is such an adventure, children will want to read the story over and over again.
The Message: Beautiful Oops! teaches us that “a mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery”. With just a few simple words, the reader feels encouraged to find the opportunity and beauty in their own mistakes.
My Only Issue: My issue with Beautiful Oops! is less about the book itself and more about the trouble that comes with obtaining it. This story definitely seems to be in demand, and as we know, demand can drive higher prices. If you are willing put down the extra dime, the message definitely seems worth the investment.
Conclusion: This is a great book to read to your little ones to start a discussion about making mistakes. It is the type of book your children will be begging you to read again. Beautiful Oops! also seems like a perfect fit for a classroom library. Buy this book from Amazon, your local bookstore, or rent it from your local library to share with the little pickles in your life.