"Nicely done and a perfect gift, your favorite little one will love this book."
--KIWI Magazine "This is a marvelous introduction to linguistic nuance for the very young."
--The Wall Street Journal "A distinctive offering stands out in the crowded field of concept contenders."
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"French illustrator Coat blends a quirky sensibility with a slick visual aesthetic...it's an excellent (and fun) vehicle through which to demonstrate the concept."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review Award
2013 ALA/ALSC Notable Book
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-04-16
- Reviewer: Staff
French illustrator Coat blends a quirky sensibility with a slick visual aesthetic in a fairly comprehensive book about opposites starring a red hippopotamus that has been pared down to a bell-shaped head, a blockish behind, and two dots for eyes. The qualities and color of the hippo change to demonstrate antonyms like light and dark (the hippo is shown in pale yellow and black), thick and thin (its outline thickens), opaque and transparent, soft and rough (thanks to inset fur and burlap textures), and many more. The stocky, blocky hippo is more of a template than a character, but it’s an excellent (and fun) vehicle through which to demonstrate the concept. Ages 1–4. (May)