Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Little Bit of Oomph by Barney Saltzberg....Review & Giveaway!

If you have been reading Reviewed by Mom for awhile you know there is a certain book that I always love to gift (particularly to grads).  I have written about the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg quite a few times and I have given this book as a gift to more people than I can count on both  hands.  It is one of those rare and lovely children's books that has appeal and meaning to adults as well.  It is an absolute gem and I love it (if you want to read more about it  you can find one of my odes to Beautiful Oops HERE).

When I was approached to review a new offering by Barney Saltzberg, A Little Bit of Oomph, I did a happy dance (really I did).  I could not wait to check out what one of my favorite authors had in store this time.  Here are the details....
How do you make the ordinary extraordinary? With a little bit of oomph! An utterly inspiring and playful new book on creativity from Barney Saltzberg, author of Beautiful Oops!, A Little Bit of Oomph! teaches the invaluable lesson of throwing your heart into whatever you’re doing and trying just a little bit harder— because with a little extra effort and a lot of oomph, you can make anything beautiful.

With a little bit of oomph you can help a sprinkle of seeds—lift flap—become a magical, three-dimensional bouquet of flowers. With a little bit of oomph, small notions—like a goldfish in a little bowl—open out to big oceans (just look through the peephole!). Oomph can transform a dog’s tail into a funny tale (there’s a miniature book involved). Oomph changes curiosity into discovery, daydreams into playthings, your singing into others’ dancing.

A triumph of imagination, vibrant, colorful art, and paper engineering, A Little Bit of Oomph! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, spinning circles and gatefolds—and, underlying every page, Barney’s timeless message that creativity is for everyone. Just add a little bit of oomph.

The minute we received A Little Bit of Oomph in the mail the kids and I sat down to read it (the kids love Mr. Saltzberg as much as I do).  I am happy to report that A Little Bit of Oomph is every bit as wonderful as Beautiful Oops.  The illustrations are bright and vivid and filled with exciting flaps, pop ups and more.  We had to read the book three times in a row so the kids could each have a turn doing each and every flap and turn of the dial.  With so much going on visually it is sometimes hard for words to compete for center stage but they do.  They really, really do!  The magical message of putting your best foot forward and trying your best jumps right off the pages.  This book is 100% inspiring no matter what your age.  Check out this video to see the book come to life....



 Fabulous, right? A Little Bit of Oomph is a new favorite in our home and will be on my "best gift list" right alongside Beautiful Oops.  You can pick up this treasure today on Amazon.... I am so excited to tell you that the publisher, Workman Publishing, is giving one lucky reader a copy of A Little Bit of Oomph!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter... a Rafflecopter giveaway

44 comments:

Alita said...

My daughter would enjoy this.

ashley irby said...

My son would love this!

Becca Wilson said...

I would want to win this for my son!

Stephen Alexander said...

A gift for my son!

Beth Larrabee said...

My daughter.

Pink and Green Mom said...

I'd love to win this for my son!

Kerri said...

I would use in my class

Janet W. said...

I'm hoping to win this for my grandsons!

Carl Scott said...

Our local children's library.

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slb3334 said...

My nephew would love this.

Growl Tiger said...

I hope to win for my son.

Sharon Kaminski said...

I am hoping to win for our granddaughter.

orangefukurou said...

I would love to win this for my daughter

lilsnobelle said...

My 3 year old daughter would love this book.

Jenna Freeman said...

I would love to win this for my son this year :)

sweetsue said...

I would like to win this for my little grandson.
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Carly Dumac said...

I would like to win this for my class. We are always looking for new books to add to our classroom library, and I think they would particularly enjoy this book!

Elizabeth Harrison said...

For my future classroom…this looks fantastic!!!

Jennie said...

For my 15 month daughter. She loves books, and this looks like a fun one!

john said...

I am entering to donate to a childrens charity

helpful heather said...

christmas gift for my cousin!

KV H said...

My niece would enjoy reading this book.

Brigette Streeper said...

I want to win this for my daughter.

Ann Barham said...

I would love to win this book for my niece.

Holly said...

I think my boys would like this book.

Tigerbite said...

My grand daughter

Lauren Eggers said...

IM hoping to win for my niece

Stephanie said...

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Stephanie said...

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Marianna said...

My son

Danielle jones said...

I'd like to win this for my nephew.

Teresa Thompson said...

My granddaughters.

Nicole C. said...

I would love to in this for my niece!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this for my three year old grandson and his 5 month old twin brothers

Tara Carlson said...

I'd love to win this for my 9 month old son.

Laura Ellington said...

For my son

1955nurse said...

My Grands would love this! Thanks for the chance....

Heather said...

I would love to win this for my youngest son.

Candie L said...

I would like this for the boys. Thank you

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eclairre said...

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Beth Klocinski said...

I would love to win for my cousin's daughter

Diana said...

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