From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–Clever compositions, a question/answer format, and sturdy die-cuts distinguish this title from many other concept books. Seeger employs flat, vibrant colors and bold contrasts between the framing page that lifts up and the design underneath. While some of the word pairs are familiar, the images are nevertheless surprising: a black bat turns out to be the upturned mouth of a white ghost. An ordinary sheep becomes extraordinary when discovered in a cloudy sky with flying pigs and a cow jumping over the moon. Blue diamonds that look very much alike are actually quite different when they are discovered inside unique snowflakes. Younger children will delight in the magical effect of the transformation, while those a little older will have fun anticipating and analyzing the process itself, propelled by the pattern in which each question yields the unexpected. The title's creative approach offers a variety of possible paths for connection. Books such as Lois Ehlert's Color Zoo
(HarperCollins, 1989) or N. N. Charles's What Am I?: Looking through Shapes at Apples and Grapes
(Scholastic, 1994) would extend the visual gymnastics for preschoolers, while titles such as Roni Schotter's The Boy Who Loved Words
(Random, 2006) would continue adding to a school-aged child's store of language. Opposites attract and expand in this playful celebration.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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*Starred Review* Bold colors, carefully placed cutouts, and full-page lift-the-flaps make this much more than just another concept book about opposites. Children will be captivated from the very first page: a large black flap with a cutout revealing a black bat set against a pure white background. The single word black?
printed in white, stands out clearly on the page. When kids lift the flap, they'll see the word white!
(in white type) and discover that what appeared to be a bat is really the mouth of a ghost. Each of 18 opposites is similarly conveyed using only one word and the lift of a flap: a "follower" becomes a "leader"; a "tiny" bug becomes the eye of a "huge" elephant. Each flap is a different bold color, ensuring that the child won't miss the word or the figure representing the concept, and the scenes under the flaps are in keeping with the simple yet sophisticated graphic design of the book. Thick, shiny pages add to the sense of richness. From "front" to "back" and "beginning" to "end," this is a winner. Randall EnosCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved