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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers have learned, in a short space of time, to expect humor and boundless energy from Leedy's books. This brightly colored concept book will not disappoint anyone looking for a memorable way to describe opposites. One pair of opposites frames the storya circus of comical animals arrives and departs. In between are hijinks galore: a raccoon is ``first'' in the parade and pig is ``last''; three performing cubs get ``dirty'' and have to get ``clean'' before the show; a ``happy'' juggling act becomes ``sad'' in a hurry when they drop the balls and each other. Not only is the concept beautifully executed, but there seems to be a story on each page: Will that very ``thin'' monkey be able to catch the ``fat'' pig who is about to join him on his trapeze? What happens when a horse going ``over'' a jump is about to land on a small dog cart about to go ``under'' a rail? Fun for all and painlessly educationalunless it hurts to laugh. Ages 3-8. (April)
School Library Journal
PreS Yet another book that introduces the concept of opposites. This newest offering is poorly executed, with extremely cluttered pages filled with circus animals and objects in a jumble of patterns. The animals themselves appear to be angry rather than playful, with their jutted angular mouths, jagged teeth, sharp claws, and pointed fingernails. Even the activities that illustrate the concepts show the grimmer aspects of the circus scene hot shows a spotted animal swallowing fire; in high and low a pink rabbit with bulging green eyes walks on and falls from a tightrope; in in and out a tiger is shot from a cannon. In spite of some goofy looking characters with ping-pong ball eyes, the book lacks humor, and what has been substituted is frenetic activity. The colors are bold and vivid, but in this setting they seem brash rather than cheerful. Far better choices for introducing opposites are Hoban's Push Pull, Empty Full (Macmillan, 1972) and the Maestros' Traffic: a Book of Opposites (Crown, 1981). Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823406456
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years

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