The green lizards and the red rectangles are at war, but neither can defeat the other.
Antony tackles war and peace in his latest picture book. The hand-drawn green lizards may look soft and huggable, but they have strength in numbers. The shiny red rectangles, with their stiff, sharp edges, are much too smart for the lizards. The two are evenly matched yet continue to fight. When one lone lizard bravely questions why they are fighting, he’s crushed by a red rectangle. Their biggest battle yet ensues until a tiny rectangle calls for a truce. Soon the opposing sides find a creative way to live in peace. Antony’s use of only two colors in his illustrations creates a bold contrast between the two adversaries. The juxtaposition of the monolithic, overlapping rectangles next to the small, individually drawn lizards heightens their differences. Inventive compositions provide variety and neatly evoke the chaos of war. Antony cleverly uses these same elements to illustrate the rivals’ reconciliation. Young readers will enjoy the push and pull of the lizards and rectangles’ battles and delight in their clever solution, though they will wonder why the lizards and rectangles were fighting in the first place.
A visually entertaining story of war and peace. (Picture book. 3-5)