From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this laconic, minimally illustrated book, Valdivia explores the idea that while people of the northern and southern hemispheres might think of the other as different, in fact, they are quite similar. Their differences depend entirely on one's point of view-after all, what's "down below" to some is "up above" to others. The seasons are the only real disparity: "when spring makes its entrance in one place, fall pushes its way into the other." To illustrate the divide, a red line separates top and bottom halves of the beige spreads. Valdivia's abstractly stylized people with notably large red triangles for noses populate the top half standing right side up, and the bottom half upside down...unless you turn the book upside down, too. Their perceived peculiarities are whimsical and funny-an "upside-down" boy has a comically oversize mustache, an "upside down" woman sports bunny ears, a right side up man walks a fish next to a girl with antlers. This cleverly designed book ends with the people standing on their heads, underscoring the message that "they can all look at the world the other way around"- a prompt to embrace everybody's similarities and differences, and to look at the world from another's perspective.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"A gentle and well-designed introduction to recognizing different points of view - and a reminder that people are the same wherever they live."
~ Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW, May 28, 2012
"A visually stunning, gently restrained picture book that should be high up on readers' lists."
~ Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW, July 15, 2012
"A great story-starter for many disciplines. It can be used to introduce little ones to the concept of social studies, geography, and even the curious law of gravity."
~ Picture Book Depot, September 6, 2012
"Broader lessons are left to be intuited, something to ponder over juice box and Goldfish. Valdivia's deceptively simple illustrations also merit further exploration."
~ Bruce Handy , The New York Times, August 27, 2012
"In the world, there are different kinds of people. Some live up above and some live down below." — from the book