Hi! I’m working with Workman Publishing to share a new book and giveaway with you!
Many art teachers use the book Beautiful Oops! in their classroom. It’s one of my favorites! It’s all about how even if you make a mistake, it’s an opportunity to turn it into something beautiful. This link has some art projects I’ve taught using this book.
BUT… there is a brand new companion to Beautiful Oops! This a creative personal journal for young artists aged 3 and up.
About My Book of Beautiful Oops!
A Scribble it, Smear it, Fold it, Tear it Journal for Young Artists
(from Workman Publishing) MY BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL OOPS! is a hands-on journal that’s designed to help young hands and minds turn an “oops” into art. The friendly green alligator—familiar to readers of Beautiful Oops!—prompts the reader to imagine the possibilities of a bent page. Decorate a smudge. Play with splats and spills. Even complete a poem that was accidentally ripped in half.
Filled with folded, crumpled, die-cut, and lift-the-flap pages, the activities will challenge the reader’s sense of play as they draw in, paint on, tear up, smudge, and ultimately artistically wreck the book. MY BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL OOPS! champions imagination, play, and the courage to express oneself. It’s about self-forgiveness and about turning off that inner critic that clamors for perfection. And it’s about freedom—the freedom to be creative and follow curiosity wherever it goes. That’s a lesson to celebrate!
Here are my thoughts on the book. I think it is really fun and a nice book for a young artist. My 7 year old played with some of the pages. Here is the alligator she drew from the tear down the side of the page. Many of the pages are similar to the original book, but have room for the child to draw on.
This was my favorite page. I don’t know why. I just like the flaps.
This was my second favorite page. Those are holes in the paper with watercolor behind it. I did an art project once with holes in the paper for the kids to turn into something else.
This was another page made by my 7 year old daughter. I love the giraffe she made! We used permanent markers on this book, because I was worried other materials would smear. BUT.. I tested out other media. Regular crayola markers work fine. I was surprised by that. The pages are a bit chunky and glossy (like the original book by Barney). If you immediately rub your hand against the page after coloring, it will smear. But, it dries pretty quickly and won’t continue to smudge. Crayons also seemed to work nicely for me. Colored pencils did not show up well. I would think acrylic craft paints would do just fine as well.
Overall, I think this would be a great gift book for a child. I wish there were more pages in this book (it is about the length of the original book), but the pages it has are colorful and creative.
Now for the GIVEAWAY!
One winner receives:
- copy of My Book of Beautiful Oops!
- and a kid’s artist kit including smock, paintbrushes, and palette.
Open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Workman Publishing.
To enter the giveaway:
- Leave a comment on this blog post and tell me if you do anything in the summer to prepare for next year (responses may be compiled in a future blog post.)
- One winner will be chosen randomly.
- Make sure to include your email address or a way to contact you. If I cannot contact you easily, I will move on to the next winner. Winners will have 3 days to email back with their mailing address or I will pick a new winner.
Giveaway will close July 12!
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About the Author
Barney Saltzberg is the author of more than 30 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, A Little Bit of Oomph!, Good Egg, and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series. Additionally, he’s recorded four albums of songs for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two dogs, and a pond full of fish.