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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

UP, down, and ALL around with... The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na

Hi guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're checking out a newish release via Random House Children's Books that features a Picture Book title that's all about OPPOSITES.  Before you start thinking you've already seen enough books on the subject, let me stop you...this is not your ordinary UP, down, LEFT, right sorta story.  It's got style.  It's got class.  It's got...A MONKEY?!  Yep, a monkey...and a whole lot more.  Ready or not, here come today's book of choice...

The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na
Il Sung Na
Knopf Books for Young Readers

This is a zoo like none other because when this zoo is CLOSED...some of the doors OPEN.  That's right.  Our guide through this animal filled wonderland after sunset is none other than a crafty little monkey.  He leads us through the SOFT and the prickly.  Warns us of the LOUD and the quiet.  Shows us the difference between HAIRY and bald.  The opposite of this and that, here and there, are all tackled with style and grace as we wander through this colorful creation.

I have to admit, I was in love with the artistic images that graced each and every page.  Every animal was identifiable and yet BIGGER than their real life counterparts.  The colors and swirls of color that put life into each creature work so well together, catching the eye, and letting your imagination take flight.  It's not everyday we see a BLUE hippo, but wouldn't you know it?  I think they just might be even better that shade.  ^-^

Recommended read for children of all ages (and I mean ALL from the tall to the small!).  It's a great introduction to opposites, yes....but it's also another way to see the world with a fun and furry little guide to lead the way.  OH!  Before you go, once you get INSIDE this read, be sure to keep an eye out for your guide in every scene!  He makes an appearance every time, even if it's not front and center.


About the author...

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Originally from Korea, Il Sung Na studied illustration at Kingston University in London and currently lives in the U.S. A Book of Sleep was his first picture book, followed by The Thingamabob; Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit; Hide & Seek; A Book of Babies; and Welcome Home, Bear. To learn more about Il Sung Na and his work, please visit


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Special thanks to Cassie at Random House Children's Books for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Knopf Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!

1 comment:

Yanting Gueh said...

Looks and sounds good, especially the part about how when the zoo is closed, some of its doors are open. The artistic style is one many kids will enjoy, too. Hope there's a copy at my library!

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