Monday, January 01, 2007

Black? White! Day? Night! A Book of Opposites


Black? White! Day? Night! A Book of Opposites by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Library copy. Picture Book.

The Plot: It's a book of opposites; first black, then white. The twist: die cut pages with flaps. Lift the flap, and what you think is day really is night.

The Good: I love that this is not only a book of opposites, it's a book about perspectives. I think my favorite was how an ant (tiny) turns out to be the eye of an elephant (huge).

Also good: with the lift the flap architecture, this is a great example of inventive designs for picture books. The author has a preview at her website of black (bat) turning to white (ghost, with the bat the ghost's mouth). What the lift the flap does: lift the flap to see what you think is a bat, turn the page to see the ghost.

Another good: a great guessing game; and I think it would be fun to run a program with kids to see if they could design similar "opposites" themselves.

Links: Blog From The Windowsill review.
Kids Lit review.

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