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Contributor(s): Kubart, Tim, Richmond, Lori (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0062573039     ISBN-13: 9780062573032
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: May 2018

“Cheery and affirming.” —Kirkus

From Grammy Award–winning musician and TV host Tim Kubart and illustrator Lori Richmond comes a lively picture book debut that reassures children that it’s okay to make mistakes!

When a girl drops her snack or scrapes her knee, does she get upset? No! She says, “Oopsie-do!” Readers will delight as they follow along and call out the OOPSIE-DO! refrain throughout the story.

This delightful picture book also includes the link to a free original song by Grammy winner Tim Kubart, available for download and sure to be a part of every repeat reading.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Errors; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Dance
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018071571
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 10.50" W x 0.50" (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #3)

"No reason to fret if you make a mistake!" consoles Grammy Award–winning kids' musician Kubart in this debut with a downloadable song, "Just Say Oopsie-Do!" Kubart's comforting message of acceptance is accompanied by sunny illustrations by Richmond (Bunny's Staycation) that feature a girl as she makes a series of "flub-ups" over the course of the day. The resilient protagonist spills the fish food at school, trips while running for a ball, buttons her coat incorrectly, tracks mud into the house, squirts toothpaste on her pajamas, and more. A page turn after each "oopsie" (often emphasized by the girl's deepening blush) shows her cheerfully cleaning up, brushing herself off, and moving on. In a style reminiscent of board book author Karen Katz's work, Richmond's pen-and-ink, watercolor, and marker illustrations, featuring a multicultural cast of kids and parents, feel loose and airy. Kubart's roots as a songwriter come through in his rhythmic, playful rhymes, which make mistakes seem like fun. The book ends on a sweet, just-right note: "Now you've learned what to do. Just one thing left to say.... Nighty-night! I love you!" Ages 4–8. Illustrator's agent: Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS—Mistakes happen to everyone and in Kubart's tale a preschooler makes many over the course of her day. The text encourages her, "Forget all the flub-ups and mess-ups you make. No reason to fret if you make a mistake! Just say Oopsie-Do!" While the story addresses the mistakes (spilling snacks, buttoning a coat wrong), it's Richmond's bright and appealing illustrations that hold the most significance. The girl receives help from her friends and teacher and father, though some errors she embraces fully on her own. One particularly good page shows her accepting a mishap in art class to make her painting even more wild and splattered than it was before. Mistakes also happen from other people, such as her younger sibling getting spaghetti on a beloved stuffed animal, but the same rules of forgiveness and understanding apply to everyone. The refrain of "Oopsie-Do" is repeated after every slip-up and does get a bit tiresome by the end of the book. An original song from Kubart is promoted on the cover, making this a potential sing-along. VERDICT A recommended purchase for most picture book collections.—Gretchen Hardin, Sterling Municipal Library, Baytown, TX

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.