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Wednesday 3 July 2013

Review: Oops!

What seems like a harmless game of fetch, becomes a cascade of catastrophes in this adorable book about a dog on a funtastic bender.

There is a good reason the book is called ‘Oops.’ It could equally have been called ‘O-oh’ or ‘Oh dear’. Or ‘Oh my goodness, what a crazy disaster!' The cascade of events starts out quite believable then gets more and more ridiculous, culminating in a curiously absurd scene.

The dog’s leash gets caught around a pram that pulls over a lady who gets her foot stuck in the wheel of a bike that gets wrapped in a kite ... you get the idea. A whole lot of people and objects get tangled, crash or fall over.

I’m not quite sure where the on-land shark eating a house comes from, but it is very funny, and kids will laugh along with the Little Dog Owner as she goes through a progression of facial expressions and body language as the events escalate.

Quentin Gréban has created perfect illustrations for this gorgeous wordless story. There is sure to be something appealing to pre-schoolers, as they will recognise dogs, ice-cream, clowns, fire-engines and elephants all involved in the entanglements. The expression on the Little Dog Owner’s face as she decides to pick up her dog’s leash and continue on her way is priceless. An energetic story kids will adore.

Title: Oops!
Author/Illustrator: Quentin Gréban
Publisher: Little Hare Books, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: June 2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921894459
For ages: 2-6
Type: Picture Book