Published by Candlewick Studio
Summary: A boy, a black cat, and a blue elephant explore the concept of opposites with rhyming text. At first it seems easy. Yes, no, stop, go, in, out, asleep, awake. But then a new idea is introduced. There can’t be a big unless there is a small. Who knows what’s fast if there’s no slow? And there’s relativity: “Who’s strong and who’s weak is hardly perplexing/But strong can look weak when a new champ is flexing.” Ahead and behind are different for each person in a line. Point of view can be everything, and readers are encouraged to look closely to recognize their own perspective in a situation. 32 pages; grades K-4.
Pros: Kids will be flexing their critical thinking muscles in this intriguing look at opposites and how they’re not always concrete. The somewhat retro-looking illustrations and font are fun; readers will enjoy watching what the cat and elephant do on each page.
Cons: Some of the more abstract concepts may be difficult for younger readers to grasp.