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. Volume XI Number 4 . . . . October 15, 2004
Oopsie! Ouchie! is a board book written by Adair Lara which focuses on the daily bumps and bruises which toddler's seem to acquire so easily as they go about their day. The young boy in the story has a blue band-aid over a "boo-boo" on his forehead, and several guesses are made as to how he might have hurt himself. Each page contains a rhyme which suggests what might have happened. In the end, a kiss from Mommy cures all, and the little boy is happy once again.
Lara's theme is a familiar one for young families. The rhyming questions posed add a lot of humour and give the board book a very lighthearted tone. Lara's vocabulary (conkis, onkis, whumpus, bumpus, ouchie, owie) is also amusing, and young toddlers could enjoy labeling their own real or imagined boo-boos.(Children will be sure to ask "What's a conkis?" etc.) Oopsie! Ouchie!'s storyline is less predictable as it does not follow an obvious pattern. In that way, a slightly older sibling may not mind listening, too.(The line that contained the word "tushie" was also well received!)
Jennifer Herbert's paintings also provided the artwork for this board book. The characters are large and animated, and the scenes once again contain very bright colours. The doctor's appearance on the very first page is rather abstract, but the remaining pages are interesting and convey a lot of humour.
Reaching for Oopsie! Ouchie! along with the band-aids would be a good way to distract one's own child when s/he is faced with her/his next cut or scrape.
Lisa Sykes has worked as an early years teacher and teacher-librarian. She currently resides in Barrie, ON, with her husband and three young children.
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