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Jul 05 2018

Roald Dahl's opposites ill. by Quentin Blake

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Penguin Random House, 2018. ISBN 9780241330555
(Ages: 1-5) Board book. Opposites. Lift-the-flaps. Each double page spread of this concept board book features one set of opposites (big, little; empty, full; tall, short; right way up, upside down; day time, night time; etc.) The words are accompanied by illustrated and often humourous examples (e.g., the enormous crocodile with his jaws wide open and then with them closed upon the feathers of a shocked bird). There are interactive flaps on some pages but not all.
The distinctive Quentin Blake illustrations (with his signature enormous crocodile featured on several of the pages) are delightful as always, with many familiar characters from his popular works (elephant, pelican, giraffe).
This is a light-hearted introduction to opposites for young children, not unique in its field but pleasant due to its simplicity and wit.
Nicole Smith-Forrest

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