Publishers Weekly Review
Like Seeger's Hidden Alphabet, this playful volume banks on uncertainty and surprise. Every page is a gatefold, constructed of heavy-duty paper and highlighting a pair of words. In each flap, a die-cut rectangle reveals just a portion of a complete image underneath, and thus a clue to a key word's opposite. The initial spread covers the four title words. In a glossy field labeled "black?," a silhouette of a bat appears in a white square; lift the flap, and the bat transforms into the smiling mouth of a "white!" ghost. On the next page, readers look out a window at blue sky, asking "day?" as a clock strikes nine; lift the flap, and the same nine o'clock appears on a starlit tower at "night!" Readers raise the page flaps as though lifting hinged mat boards away from framed prints; by exposing the concealed margins, they find each word's antonym. Seeger keeps her artwork blocky and colorful, focusing attention on the game and its logical design. She varies her die-cut shapes, so that a "narrow?" vertical line becomes a "wide!" horizontal bar, and five tiny rectangles showing identical blue diamonds ("alike?") open onto a field of blue and white snowflakes ("different!"). The question marks and exclamation points remind readers to keep inquiring, and even the endpapers are labeled "beginning" and "end" in this satisfying package. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Booklist Review
Bold colors, carefully placed cutouts, and full-page lift-the-flaps make this much more than just another concept book about opposites. Children will be captivated from the very first page: a large black flap with a cutout revealing a black bat set against a pure white background. The single word black? printed in white, stands out clearly on the page. When kids lift the flap, they'll see the word white! (in white type) and discover that what appeared to be a bat is really the mouth of a ghost. Each of 18 opposites is similarly conveyed using only one word and the lift of a flap: a follower becomes a leader ; a tiny bug becomes the eye of a huge elephant. Each flap is a different bold color, ensuring that the child won't miss the word or the figure representing the concept, and the scenes under the flaps are in keeping with the simple yet sophisticated graphic design of the book. Thick, shiny pages add to the sense of richness. From front to back and beginning to end, this is a winner. --Randall Enos Copyright 2006 Booklist