Picks and Pans Review: Oops!

UPDATED 12/13/1982 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/13/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

by Louis Phillips

It is the contention of this author (whose previous juvenile titles include The Man Who Stole the Atlantic Ocean) that you should feel a lot better after being exposed to a whole book full of all-too-human errors. He calls this collection of bloopers from all media "a light-hearted romp through heartbreak, triviality and coincidence." Here are a couple of samples. Tennis star Martina Navratilova admits that while learning English, "I made some mistakes along the way. Once I was trying to say 'It's no skin off my nose,' and I said instead, 'It's no hair off my chest.' " In a section on mistakes in movies, it is pointed out that "the cat is alley-gray in Case of the Black Cat (1936). There is nary a raid in The Great Jesse James Raid (1953). And no more than two coins are ever cast in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)." Phillips also picks up a wonderfully unfortunate typo in a gossip column: "Kathryn Grayson had better begin seducing if she wishes to wear that wedding dress she had fitted a couple of months ago." It works, and some sly drawings by Doug Jamieson help. (Beaufort, $4.95)

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