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Enter The Opposite Zoo--a picture-perfect introduction to opposites and animal characteristics that is both fun and engaging. Il Sung Na's illustrations are vibrant and playful and oh-so-gentle, and the even the text plays along with the opposite game, changing shape and orientation to match the description. A quietly clever must-read (and must-own!) for ages 2-5.
From the creator of A Book of Sleep and A Book of Babies comes a beautiful new book of animals—and opposites!
The sky is dark and the Opposite Zoo is CLOSED. But the monkey's cage is OPEN! Time to explore. . .
Follow the monkey as he visits all the animals in the zoo: fast and slow, big and small, noisy and quiet, soft and prickly! Filled with energetic illustrations, friendly animals, and a simple text, The Opposite Zoo is a fun and lively introduction to animals and opposites.
Praise for Il Sung Na:
“Il Sung Na’s illustrative art is so joyous, so jubilantly colorful, it feels celebratory and poetic even when the story is simple and spare.” —The Boston Globe (A Book of Babies)
“[A] grand read-aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred (Welcome Home, Bear)
"It’s the rare picture book that, upon arrival, feels as though it has been around for years already; Na’s belongs to this group.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred (A Book of Sleep) "Vibrant [and] whimsical.” —School Library Journal, Starred (Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit)
About the Author
IL SUNG NA is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including A Book of Sleep; Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit; A Book of Babies; Welcome Home, Bear; andThe Opposite Zoo. Originally from South Korea, Il Sung studied illustration at Kingston University in London and currently lives in the New York City Area To learn more about his work, please visit IlSungNa.com or find him on Twitter at @ilsungna.
The New York Times Book Review "Na brings fresh energy to the familiar. With a coloring style that feels as if someone took a firecracker to a box of crayons, Na makes turtle shells as dynamic as a peacock’s plumage." Shelf Awareness “A dazzling concept book for preschoolers. . . . Two monkey thumbs up.” Mashable “In his new book The Opposite Zoo, artist and children's book writer Il Sung Na delivers a beautiful lesson in contrast and contradictions.”
Kirkus Reviews “A beautiful treatment of a familiar subject that repays close looking again and again.”
School Library Journal “Na’s winsome illustrations make this title a delightful take on animal opposites.”
Booklist “This picture book will be visually appealing to both adults and children, and it’s a welcome addition to a genre that, for many parents, can often be opposite of interesting.”
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