Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
“Opposites” doesn’t really have a story in the strict sense. Rather, it presents a lot of animals doing silly things and presenting opposite concepts: Up and Down; big and small; wet and dry; hid and seek (although I was thinking if hid and seek are really opposites?); cold and hot; brave and scared; naughty and nice; alone and together; happy and sad; normal and crazy; fight and make up; and lastly asleep and awake.
Author & Illustrator: Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
Published by Lemniscaat
Copyright 2012, 2013 by Lemniscaat, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
About the Author & Illustrator
According to their website, “Ingrid and Dieter have been working together for more than thirty years. They grew up in Germany, where they met and studied at the Academy and University in Munster. With a scholarship they got the opportunity to study abroad and they decided to move to Amsterdam.”
Their very first picture book, “A Crocodile Under My Bed” was published in 1980. Check out their website at http://www.ingriddieterschubert.com/
While reading the book, my son looked at the illustrations and he had a ton of questions. On the page contrasting happy and sad, the sad section showed a dead owl, and my son asked about the cause of its death. I didn’t really know. My wife’s father died last year, so our has a reference about death and he knows that it is a sad event.
Our son also asked some questions about several details in the illustrations such as the pigs playing with the crocodiles, an elephant scared of a mouse and also about fighting. Be prepared to answer some questions about what is going on in the page.
Some of the opposites, though, does not really make sense. Like normal vs crazy? You can be goofy and crazy while still being normal. I guess the authors could have picked different pairs of opposites
The animals were drawn nicely and the colors are a bit subdued and not too bright. But there is a lot going on in each page. An active young boy can look at a lot of those details, which will definitely make reading time longer.
Some of the silly and goofy illustrations stand out and our son had a lot of questions while reading this picture book. As I said above, this book does not have a story, but presents opposite concepts.