Book Review: Uh Oh! by Mary Newell DePalma

About The Book

Using bright and comical watercolor paintings, this nearly wordless book tells the story of a hapless little dinosaur’s disastrous day. Children will be amused as they follow the endearing main character from one scrape right into another. 

My Review

How wonderful to be the author of children's books and the illustrator, too! I was delighted to receive an advanced copy of Uh-oh! by Mary Newell DePalma. What a wonderful book for  children ages 4 to 8 to see.  Have you ever made a few mistakes or have had an accident? What fun to follow along and see a little mischievous dinosaur accidentally spill a jug of milk or to see what happens when the dishwasher is over-filled. I found this book to be a refreshing, unique approach to children's literature, along with excellent, vivid illustrations that will have you laughing and saying out loud, "Uh Oh!" Darling and cute. A favorite addition to our library. *****

Product Details


  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (May 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802853722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802853721

Hardcover: $14.00

"In this lighthearted and nearly wordless book, a hapless little dinosaur leaves a trail of mayhem behind him as he jumps from one disaster right into another. To the consternation of his whole family, it seems that he can do nothing right."

About the Author


Mary Newell DePalma has written and illustrated several books for children, including The Strange Egg (Houghton Mifflin) and A Grand Old Tree (Scholastic), which received the IRA/CBC Children’s Choice award. She has also illustrated several books for Eerdmans: Swimming Sal, Now It Is Winter, and Now It Is Summer. Mary lives in Massachusetts. 

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I thought of this 'almost wordless' book today while participating in two memes on Wednesday,  Wordless, and Wordful. LadyD Books loves Uh Oh! It's a fun one for my grandsons and granddaughter. Thanks, LibraryThing. I'm glad I won this one!

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