Spaghetti is sloppy! See what happens if you flip this bowl of saucy noodles.
Oops!, a whimsical picture book, addresses the topics of accidents and consequences in a lighthearted manner. Readers learn what will happen if they undertake a variety of mischievous actions such as squeezing a toothpaste tube, dropping a mug, or shouting at a sleeping kitten. The answer each time is, of course, “Oops!”
Told straightforwardly with concise language, Oops! will prove to be a relief to young readers, especially toddlers, who might be more prone to accidents than other age groups. Instead of showing a typical parental response (anger, disappointment, irritation), Oops! presents a new way for parents and children alike to understand how to deal with accidents without expressing negative emotions. The illustrations are bright, colourful, and cheerful, with amusing animal expressions running from shocked to cheeky to irritated. A must-have for all children’s collections.
Roxy Garstad is the Collections Librarian at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.