Beautiful Oops

Author:  Barney Saltzberg


If you are the parent of a perfectionist,  Beautiful Oops’ message will reinforce that mistakes can become something beautiful.  Did you accidentally tear the paper?  Let’s turn it into a design!  Ruined artwork because of spilled milk?  I see the the outline of an animal.

LINK to the Beautiful Oops initiative.

Launching on January 15, 2015 CELEBRATE OOPS! will instill an important life lesson (it’s okay to make mistakes) and foster a great spirit of creativity in your classroom and/or library.”


“A pleasingly tactile exploration of the possibilities inherent in mistakes. “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.  A festive invitation to creative liberation.” – Kirkus Reviews

Check out this painting experience based on Beautiful Oops.

LINK to complete art project


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Book trailer for Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

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