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Hippopposites Hardcover – May 1, 2012


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PreS-A bright red hippo is set against a stark white background on each page in this book of opposites. Coat displays the relative nature of opposites by showing that the hippo can be both small and large depending on what it is compared to. Concepts include squared and rounded, invisible and visible, in front and behind, and even include tactile elements for soft and rough. The clean design of this oversize board book takes a seemingly simple subject and gives it complexity. Some of the examples may be a bit abstract for preschoolers, but overall this is an interesting spin on an everyday subject that is worthy of a look.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Janik Coat is an author, illustrator, and graphic designer. She works extensively with agencies, collectives, and a number of prestigious French publishers. She is a frequent guest speaker at fine art schools and regularly exhibits her work in galleries. She currently resides in Paris, France.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Brdbk edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419701517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419701511
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

The pictures are so sweet and simple .And funny.
Patricia Blatt
I appreciate the differences and the challenges this book brings to the table.
Ellybean
Wonderful addition to our bedtime book routine 19 month old loves it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellybean VINE VOICE on May 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hippooppsites is a fun book that teaches children all about opposites in way that I've never seen before! As the reader opens the book they'll see a very friendly red hippopotamus. As you read on you'll be shown opposites such as small and large, light and heavy, thick and thin, and so on. This book uniquely takes opposites even further and caters toward even the hands on learners in an interactive way by showing with tactile elements of soft (fur) and rough (burlap), featuring the difference between full and empty with die-cuts, and more!

I've been teaching my four year old daughter opposites lately and with the help of this book, she's really getting it! My 16 month old son even enjoys listening to me read and is it quite captivated by the bold pictures. Now this book does take you above and beyond what opposites most kids may be learning. For instance there's opaque and transparent, positive and negative, visible and invisible, clear and blurry and so on. I appreciate the differences and the challenges this book brings to the table. And it's one I'll proudly display on my shelf and recommend to parents that are looking for something different and unique. A book that's simple yet challenging. It's the best of both worlds, in my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D_shrink VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
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The book has heavy duty thick pages which should hold up well to the hands of little ones, which in my experience are often covered with food, and or drool. I also mentioned the word FEEL when I might have substituted the word TEXTURE for it. Although all the pages are printed in a glossy finish with bright colors and one word underneath each picture to identify the concepts being presented, some of the pictures as the one for SOFT [uses a pink fuzzy feeling cloth] while the one describing ROUGH [uses a cloth that is or is similar to burlap]. The predominant colors are white and a bright red, which should keep the baby/toddler's attention. I liked the sturdy page construction and it should make the pages hold up well. I can see some one year olds liking the book, but it may find its mark a little better for 16-24 month olds. Each parent's/grandparent's experience is unique and I purchased this for a young grandson. No offense intended to aunts, uncles, and other family members who also buy presents. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Valenstein on September 30, 2013
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I saw this in our local library and thought it was super cute for babies and kinda silly for the adults reading it to them. It has become my go-to baby shower book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. VINE VOICE on May 30, 2012
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This is totally cute! A large size board book full of educational value. Including all sorts of opposites all in the shape and form of a hippopotamus. What I love about this book is that there are normal opposites that are often taught such as small/large, but there are neat ones like dotted and striped too and don't forget the textures between soft and rough. This is great for my toddler who is almost a preschooler as well as my baby who us almost a toddler. I will definitely pull for this one again and again for education as well as fun. Love!

Thanks to Abram's for providing a copy for review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mymcbooks on May 24, 2012
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My Review: In this book the Hippo introduces all sorts of concepts in this fun board book. The concept of opposites such as light and heavy, using thin and thick lines to draw out the Hippo and using black dots to show positive and white dots to show negative. It also shows the Hippo standing in front of a tree and behind showing the Hippo behind the tree and so on.

This is a great concept for early learning and the illustrations are simple and will hold the attention of any child.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed Publisher [...] in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazonian shopper on June 11, 2014
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Absolutely adorable and high quality book. Entertaining for adults and captivating for toddlers. One of my top choices for toddler books!
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My daughter really loves this. It's fun and best of all, it's opposites you don't always see a lot. That's what caught my eye the most. I get tired of all opposite books having the same few things, here you see things like 'alone and together', and it's done in a way that is fresh, which is not easy to do with well known material. The simple art work also makes it easy to enjoy without a lot of busy. I would say this can be a fun book for most kids five and under.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann on August 13, 2012
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This is a super cute book but my fifteen month old son isn't that interested. I think it's a conceptual, beautifully designed book, but I don't think he gets it. He loves to look at books too. Hopefully, he will like it more when he is older and is able understand the concepts a little better.
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