OPPOSITE DAY by Nora Ericson


From the "Dill & Bizzy" series
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 6
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Dill, an “odd duck,” and Bizzy, a “strange bird,” return following their eponymous debut to find their friendship tested as they spend a day doing everything the opposite way.

Bizzy, awake early for a change, decides that it is Opposite Day and, to Dill’s dismay and annoyance, declares that they will do their usual daily routine in the reverse. So instead of beginning the day with breakfast, they will start with dinner. Rather than a slow morning waddle, they will go on a fast morning run. Flying up to the sky will be replaced with flying down to the ground. Poor Dill just wants a quiet day, but Bizzy’s convinced he really would enjoy a loud dance party. Dill’s protestations escalate (“NO! NO! STOP!”) while Bizzy continues to turn around every statement and activity (“YES! YES! GO!”). By day’s end both feathered friends realize the absurdity when Bizzy admits that “the opposite of going to sleep is staying up all night! Opposite Day will go on forever!” Opposite Day then would also mean they must be worst enemies instead of best friends. Unimaginable! The two resolve to always be best friends every day. This author/illustrator team of sisters harmoniously combines a dialogue-driven narrative with animated black-outlined, digitally colored cartoon drawings.

Silliness resolves into true affection in this airy encore. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 24th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-06-230453-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2016


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