THE GREATEST OPPOSITES BOOK ON EARTH by Lee  Singh

THE GREATEST OPPOSITES BOOK ON EARTH

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hinged flaps and other devices allow a bevy of circus performers to demonstrate opposites.

An unmitigated flop from beginning to end, this uninspired show invites readers beneath the big top to see one windup bird and a white-skinned human cast—stereotypically similar-looking men with bristling facial hair and a sad-faced woman who performs twice with her eyes closed—unexcitingly go from “Here” to “There, “Down” to “Up,” or (arbitrarily abandoning the general premise) “Wet” to “Dry” beneath a shower of rain. A die-cut daisy chain intended to transform a “Few” acrobats into “Many” when flipped is a paper-engineering fail, as all of the figures are plainly visible even when the flap is closed, and instead of going from “Low” to “High” when her accordion-folded platform is extended upward, a juggler confusingly starts “Short” and ends up “Tall.” At the close the ringmaster takes a “Quiet” bow, then bellows “I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE SHOW!” Unlikely.

More like the Greatest Snooze on Earth, particularly next to Suse MacDonald’s effervescent Circus Opposites (2010) (Novelty. 3-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9554-5
Page count: 16pp
Publisher: Big Picture/Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2017




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