Animal Opposites
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Animal Opposites

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by Petr Horacek
     
 
A Parents Best Book of the Year!

Celebrated illustrator Petr Horácek offers a pop-up introduction to opposites with the help of a variety of creatures.

Turn the pages, lift the flaps, and see animals of all shapes and sizes bring the world of opposites to life. From slow snail to fast cheetah, heavy hippo to light butterfly, smooth frog to

Overview

A Parents Best Book of the Year!

Celebrated illustrator Petr Horácek offers a pop-up introduction to opposites with the help of a variety of creatures.

Turn the pages, lift the flaps, and see animals of all shapes and sizes bring the world of opposites to life. From slow snail to fast cheetah, heavy hippo to light butterfly, smooth frog to prickly porcupine, Petr Horácek’s brightly colored pop-up animals and interactive flaps make early learning irresistible and fun.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Horacek contrasts 20 animals, using flaps, pop-ups, and stylish mixed-media paintings to highlight the differences between them. A “short dog” appears opposite a large giraffe-spotted flap, hinting at the “tall” animal behind it. Elsewhere, a “quiet rabbit,” sits small and timid against a marbled orange background, a pop-up lion roaring behind another flap; a slim meerkat forms the “i” in “thin”; and a “fast cheetah” rockets away from a “slow snail” with a chalky outline. Horacek subtly gives the animals personalities to match their characteristics, and even if readers guess what opposite term is coming up next (if not the animal), they’ll find the execution delightful. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
Horacek contrasts 20 animals, using flaps, pop-ups, and stylish mixed-media paintings to highlight the differences between them. ... [E]ven if readers guess what opposite term is coming up next (if not the animal), they’ll find the execution delightful.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An elegant exploration of an ever-popular subject.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Horacek’s pop-up book serves a few purposes beautifully. It features animals, including more unusual creatures like sloths and meerkats. It teaches the concept of opposites — my favorite poses the ‘heavy hippo’ against the ‘light butterfly.’
—The Boston Globe

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Twenty animals are featured in this paper-engineered book with foldout pages, pop-ups, and fun, whimsical illustrations. A medium format book, some pages open up to a grand scale. A dog is short but a giraffe tall. A flap opens up and the large, long neck of the giraffe is revealed. A rabbit is quiet but a lion is very loud. A pig is fat and a meerkat thin. A grinning, hanging sloth is contrasted with a bouncy kangaroo. The illustration of the sloth is flat with a pop-up kangaroo ready to hop off the page. A delicate butterfly shares a spread with a heavy hippo. The artwork is very colorful and frequently one page of each spread has a white background in contrast to a colored background for the opposing animal. The opposite of a slow snail is a fast cheetah. The cheetah pops-up and is poised to run off the page. A white goose faces a very colorful pop-up peacock. The grand finale is a small ladybug and a big elephant, which unfolds to the size of four pages. This is a very fun, interactive book that is beautifully illustrated and simple enough to engage the youngest of children. Reviewer: Kristin Harris; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Two animals are compared on each spread using interactive elements. The ordinary opposites are provided, e.g., "Heavy Hippo/Light Butterfly," "Short Dog/Tall Giraffe," and Fat Pig/Thin Meerkat," but some less predictable pairings are also included, such as "Still Sloth/Bouncy Kangaroo," "Smooth Frog/Spiky Porcupine," and "Quiet Rabbit/Loud Lion." Some pages have flaps while others provide a pop-up version of the animal. Horácek's bright watercolor washes fill the majority of the background with enough balance of white on the opposite page to showcase the realistically colored animals. Kids will love the engaging illustrations and will be drawn to the book again and again despite the simple content because of the hands-on manipulations. Great fun.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-25
With the same high spirits and elemental simplicity that lights up his One Spotted Giraffe (2012), Horácek pairs up smiling animals to show contrasts in size, shape or behavior. Floating on white or variegated monochrome backgrounds, the 20 creatures are all actual cutouts or images of cutouts, depicted with informal pen and brush strokes and a keen eye for natural detail and coloration. The animals alternate between posing on a flat page and hiding behind big gatefold flaps or foldouts. The latter set, like the "LOUD LION" roaring at a "quiet rabbit" and the "bouncy kangaroo" leaping away from a "STILL SLOTH," shift or rise as the flap is opened. (The labels, which are the only text, vary in size and typography.) Thanks to the large trim size, the "TALL GIRAFFE" positively towers over a "short dog," and the humongous elephant revealed at the end (opposite a "small ladybug") is sure to draw delighted "whoa"s from young viewers as its multicreased portrait opens out. This is a less populous but far sturdier alternative to Robert Crowther's Opposites (2nd edition, 2005). An elegant exploration of an ever-popular subject. (Informational pop-up. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763667764
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Pages:
20
Sales rank:
453,858
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Petr Horácek grew up in Prague in the Czech Republic. Inspired by his two daughters, he has created numerous books for children, including One Spotted Giraffe, Silly Suzy Goose, and Strawberries Are Red. He lives in England.

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Animal Opposites 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Expected more texture - touch & feel appeal. It's okay. The BIG elephant at the end is fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old grandson loves the book.