By Il Sung Na
fast and slow.
Soft and prickly.
Tall and short.
Noisy and quiet…. Meet the animals of the Opposite Zoo!” (from back cover)
After the zoo is closed, the monkey finds that his door is open and he decides to visit all of his animal neighbors. Each turn of the page reveals a new pair of opposite animals with their accompanying descriptive words. Many of the words use font that emphasize the differences between the two adjectives such as small, lowercase letters for the word “shy” and big, uppercase letters for “bold.” The illustrations have a rough, sketch-like quality that, when combine with the bright and unusual coloring, gives the whole story a whimsical feel. Children will enjoy finding the monkey in each picture as he feeds the giraffe and swims with the seals and swans.
This is a great book for introducing opposites to young children as well as practicing storytelling skills by describing what is happening in each scene.
Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)