Animal Opposites, by Petr Horacek, published by Walker Books
This is a pop up book of antithetical creatures big and small, fast and slow, quiet and loud. It's a marvel of paper engineering and beautiful illustration. Petr Horacek brilliantly captures the essence of the adjectives assigned to his creations, and the pop-ups are ingeniously crafted to add visually impressive movement.
Our favourites include the strong gorilla doing push ups, the colourful peacock whose feathers open out to a magnificent plume, and a fast cheetah that launches across from one side of the page to the other.
It's a great book for helping young children get to know the names of animals, a selection of words to describe them, and an understanding of how to compare one with another, in a way that's fun and dynamic.
In the final pairing, a small ladybird is placed alongside a big elephant - the latter unfolding from the size of a single page to a magnificent four page poster - an ending that is always met with a great reaction from our toddler.
With thanks to Petr Horacek for allowing the use of his cover image with this review. Puffin Peter, another favourite of ours by the same author, will be reviewed soon.
Feedback from the author: @PHoracek said: "Thanks for reviewing the book so nicely and really glad you like it"