Beautiful Oops! – A Picture Book Review

Go ahead and make a mistake.

It’s okay. Really, it is.

Life is full of “oops” moments and there’s no time like the present to start embracing your oops. The next time you think you’ve made a mistake, look at it as an opportunity to make something beautiful! At least that’s what the author of this ingenious children’s book thinks.

A spread from the Beautiful Oops! interactive picture book

Instead of getting upset over a torn piece of paper, Barney Saltzberg turns that tear into a mouth for his beautiful green alligator—and into the inspiration for this beautiful book. A spill or a smear shouldn’t ruin your day. Not when you can turn them into something magical.

A child reading the Beautiful Oops! interactive picture book

Mistakes can sometimes seem like failures, but Barney Saltzberg’s inventive illustrations prove that mistakes can be windows to amazing new ideas and creations.

A close-up of a child reading the Beautiful Oops! interactive picture book

The flaps, the tears, the stains, the spills—even a crumpled piece of paper—can all become something wonderful.

You may have to look beyond the obvious, but if you search hard enough, you can find beauty in the most unexpected places. Even in the oops.

So go ahead and make a mistake. It’s okay, really it is. Your mistake just might become a Beautiful Oops!

Reading this book with your preschooler:

  • Talk about some more ways that making a mistake might actually be a good thing.
  • Visit Barney Saltzberg’s website.
  • Watch the Beautiful Oops! book trailer.

You can find more books like this in my Interactive Picture Book series.

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I love this. My kids tend to be hard on themselves when they make a mistake and no matter what I say, they still feel that way. Though they are beyond preschool age, I think this will be perfect for them!


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Yes, this book is a great learning tool for many ages!

However, I find it helpful to point out my own mistakes, when they happen, and show that I don’t get upset about them. “Ooops, I burnt the garlic bread again.”



Thank you for this reminder to have a different point of views of mistakes


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You’re welcome, Katherine! The different point of view on mistakes is so important!