Barney Saltzberg (Author)
September 23, 2010
6.9 X 7.0 X 1.2 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author
Barney Saltzberg is the writer/illustrator of over thirty books including the Kisses series and Beautiful Oops. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and three dogs, where he writes, draws, and creates and sings songs for children. Barney and his wife mostly drink coffee but they have been known to drink a spot of tea from time to time as well.
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