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Barney Saltzberg - Author

About the Author

BARNEY SALTZBERG is the author-illustrator of Beautiful Oops!, the successful Kisses series, Peekaboo, Crazy Hair Day, and Good Egg, as well as many other beloved children's books. Also a singer-songwriter, he has written tunes for the PBS show "Arthur" and continues to perform music for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs.

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Other books by Barney Saltzberg

Dog and Rabbit

Dog and Rabbit

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2019

Hug This Book!

Hug This Book!

Author: Barney Saltzberg, Fred Benaglia, Meagan Bennett Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2018

An energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to book love - now in a board book format! You can spin and twirl and dance with this book. You can listen while someone else reads it. You can take your book to lunch. Just do not try to feed it. Celebrate reading with the youngest book lovers in this huggable board book reformat of the beloved hardcover picture book. Ages 1-4

Twinkle, Twinkle, ABC A Mixed-up, Mashed-up Melody

Twinkle, Twinkle, ABC A Mixed-up, Mashed-up Melody

Author: Barney Saltzberg, Fred Benaglia Format: Board book Release Date: 02/10/2017

A musical mash-up for the toddler set that will bring them to their feet! ... until it's time to sleep. Veteran children's book author and singer/ songwriter Barney Saltzberg has created a classic sing-aloud book with enduring appeal! Though Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and The Alphabet Song follow the same exact tune, never before has a children's book mashed up these two quintessential songs of childhood. The lyrics are seamlessly woven together and enriched with cameos by high-flying birds, a twirling cow, a growling bear, a banjo, and a tree swaying in the wind. Benaglia's whimsical art brings a Seussian feel and a visual narrative that leads the reader right... into... bed.

Chengdu Can Do

Chengdu Can Do

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

My Book of Beautiful Oops!

My Book of Beautiful Oops!

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

An interactive follow-up to the unique and inspiring Beautiful Oops! art activity book encourages young readers to turn every mistake into something beautiful. The friendly, frolicsome alligator from the original book guides readers through the various folded, crumpled, torn, die-cut, bent, smudged, and lift-the flap spreads, prompting them to see what beautiful art they can make out a material that many would consider trash: Finish the words on a torn piece of paper to make a poem. Turn this ink spill into a piece of art. Rip a picture out of the book, tear it into pieces, and use the scraps to create a new piece of art. The sky is the limit!

Hug This Book!

Hug This Book!

Author: Barney Saltzberg, Fred Benaglia, Meagan Bennett Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2016

An energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to book love You can spin and twirl and dance with this book. You can listen while someone else reads it. You can take your book to lunch. Just do not try to feed it. Expertly whimsical illustrations accompany this rhyming celebration of the printed book, and the attachment many of us all feel to our very favourites. The imaginative humour is balanced by earnest devotion, traits to which the young audience will relate. A sure-to-be favourite, this title will draw giggles and snuggles ... with the book itself!

Would You Rather be a Princess or a Dragon?

Would You Rather be a Princess or a Dragon?

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2016

Some little ones want to be princesses; others want to be dragons. The message of this book is that you can actually be both! There are lots of things you can be: a little wild, a little sweet. A little polite, a little troublesome, A little dainty, a little dragony. There's nothing stopping you from being just what you want to be ...so which would you rather be: a princess or dragon? Here's just the book to help you sort through that difficult question. You might be surprised at what you decide by its end.

Inside This Book (are three books).

Inside This Book (are three books).

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2015

Inside This Book is a tribute to self-publishing in its most pure and endearing form. Three siblings create three books of their own using blank paper that they bind together (in descending sizes to match birth order). One sibling's work inspires the next, and so on, with each book's text and art mirroring the distinct interests and abilities of its creator. Upon completion of their works, the siblings put one book inside the other, creating a new book to be read and shared by all!

Andrew Drew and Drew

Andrew Drew and Drew

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

When Andrew gets hold of a pencil, anything can-and does-happen in this innovative and artistic book. The story literally unfolds step-by-step as readers are invited to follow Andrew through flaps and gatefolds. After sharpening his drawing implement on the first page, Andrew challenges the boundaries of each spread by beginning with a line that leads . . . and leads . . . to unexpected finishes. Staircases become dinosaurs, kites become rockets, and even the most unassuming squiggle morphs into a giant chicken! This lighthearted depiction of artistic inspiration is sure to engage doodlers of all ages. Praise for Andrew Drew and Drew Any question of reality versus representation is the gentlest kind, utterly unobtrusive...Joyful imagination, plain and simple. -Kirkus Reviews The magic comes from the accompanying artwork, which follows the eponymous boy and his adventures in drawing... Like a certain boy with a purple crayon, Andrew knows that drawing offers limitless possibilities, and readers will, too. -Publishers Weekly In this humorous and heartfelt portrait of a young artist, Andrew models by example the ebb and flow of the creative process. -Shelf-Awareness Each page in this cleverly-designed book is filled with a line, a loop, even a stair step that Andrew has doodled on the paper, and the beginnings of his drawings often lead to something that even the artist himself doesn't expect. -Reading Today Online The text is spare, with only a few words per page, letting the products of the boy's imagination and readers' anticipation of them shine as the focus of the book. Never has white space seemed so inviting. -School Library Journal Children of all ages-especially those with an interest in drawing-will love exploring the pages of Andrew Drew and Drew. Along the way, they just might absorb some of the book's message about the power of art and the joy of creating it. -BookPage AWARDS: GOLD - 2012 National Parenting Publications Book Awards RECOMMENDED - 2012 Parents' Choice Awards, Picture Books Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens - 2013 Capitol Choices

Arlo Needs Glasses

Arlo Needs Glasses

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2012

In this inventive, interactive picture book created by Barney Saltzberg, the bespectacled author of Beautiful Oops! , who charms young readers and their parents with a perfect light touch and joyful spirit, kids get to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem. They read an eye chart, look through a fold-out phoropter (that big machine optometrists use), and try on different pairs of glasses - movie star glasses! superhero glasses! mad scientist glasses! And they interact with Arlo as he rediscovers how to be the best ball-catcher in the neighbourhood and picks up a new favourite pastime along the way - reading! One out of five school-age children needs glasses. Arlo will show them just how lucky they are.

Beautiful Oops!

Beautiful Oops!

Author: Barney Saltzberg Format: Board book Release Date: 09/06/2010

We all make mistakes - grown-ups and children alike. But little kids sometimes have trouble dealing with their mistakes, whether it's a piece of artwork they've torn by accident, or juice they've spilled on their favorite drawing. In this book, every page begins with a 'mistake' that ultimately unravels, lifts out, or pulls up to become a surprising work of beauty. Kids see firsthand as they go through the book that any smudge, smear or stain can lead to something absolutely marvelous - with a little imagination. Inspiring and inventive, this interactive board book teaches a valuable lesson: 'When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!'

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