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Hippopposites Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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From School Library Journal

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: 2 - 3 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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More sophisticated than the usual opposites book, with pages illustrating opposites such as opaque versus transparent, in front versus behind, clear versus blurry, etc. Very well done, and enjoyable for people in a large age range: our adult family members don't mind revisiting these minimalist hippos again and again, and my 4 month old nephew is fascinated with this book and (as frequently as can be expected) quiets down to enjoy the pages. His favorite pages are positive versus negative space and stripes versus dots :)
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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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You can see my review for the sister book Rhymocerous...two delightful books. Bright colors, fun to read. I don't quite agree that all of the opposites are accurate, my my 3 year old granddaughter didn't care. Had to hear it over and over.
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EVERYONE I GIVE THIS BOOK TO THANKS ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Even my friend's 10 year old reads it over and over to his little sister. This is a perfect gift for a new baby or a young toddler. Well made and a lot of fun.
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This book has large (about a foot square), high-quality board book pages and bright, stark graphics. It simply uses a bold graphic of a hippo with the word printed on the bottom. Three of the pages also have texture. The page for "empty" has a missing hippo, where the outline of the hippo is felt in the raised page. The pages for "soft" and "rough" have a hippo made out of soft fur and burlap, respectively.
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Awesome book, and especially great for those of us with kids who work in visual areas, (artists, designers, etc). There are few books that present concepts such as "blurry" that are so hard to simply describe or draw to communicate them to a young child. Bought it for a friend.
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