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Monday, April 2, 2012

A COMPLETELY Disappointing Read...only not

Hi there!

Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers....the place to be when you've an opening in your day and filling it with a not so good read sounds like a plan.  You're probably not wondering why I seem to be so positive in this post.  I mean I am completely pushing rainbows and summer days your way with each word I type...right?  Trust me, it's all in good fun and the spirit of the book we're looking at today.

Today's selection is a storybook from the great folks over at Peachtree Publishers (~Hi, Emily! ~) that helps show readers the difference between right and wrong, left and right, make believe and reality....all with a fun twist.  Strap for a bumpy ride (no really because most of the review will be written in easily discerned opposites to avoid a particular critter from appearing ...), today's book of choice is...

Tom MacRae
Illustrated by
Elena Odriozola

Ever have one of those days where everything just  You're determined to have a great morning, but your alarm clock never goes off.  You make it to work or school only to find you left your presentation papers at home.  You head home and take the first right instead of the second.  I can see you don't know where I'm coming from so I will continue....

Basically the opposite happens...but have you ever seen an Opposite? Nate hasn't and it's a pretty picture indeed.  Every bump in his usually non-smooth day is not because of an Opposite. There is NO force working against him, just waiting to make a mess of his schoolwork.  There is NO invisible hand waiting to spill his breakfast, nor is there anything making him want to stay in bed.  Nope...things are quiet and peaceful for Nate.  No cares in the world has he; no lesson to pass on about the best way to tangle with an Opposite either because as we said....there is no Opposite standing just behind your left shoulder. 


Okay, that was actually much harder than it looks!  To summarize in actual accurate verbiage, Nate's adventure is quirky, curious and creative leading readers into a topsy turvey world of opposites and fun.  You'll gasp at the mischief the Opposite creates. You'll smile as Nate ponders how to set things right....and laugh as the Opposite is finally outwitted!  A pure romp through an imagination turned wild...and a story that will have you puzzling your puzzled expression long after the final page, in a purely good way of course!  Add to this mix the illustrations and you've got a great read for the whole family.

Review copy courtesy of Emily at Peachtree Publishers. (THANKS!) For more information on this curiously fun title as well as their complete catalog, be sure to stop by their site (, check out their blog, or follow along on Twitter (

Until next time...unhappy, I mean HAPPY READING!


Alexia561 said...

Sounds like a fun read! And I've had that mischievous Opposite pop up in my life more than once, so need to know how to outwit him!

GMR said...

Alexia561: Nate could definitely give you some pointers... ^_^

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