Elmer's Opposites

Publisher: Andersen Press

Review

Elmer is a classic, and this board book will attract a new generation of young readers, as well as continuing to delight McKee's legion of existing fans.

Elmer's larger adventures often address topics such as prejudice or bullying, but the ten pages of this little book concentrate instead on introducing or reinforcing the concept of opposites, looking at differences in areas such as size, speed, emotions, temperature and colours.

McKee introduces some of Elmer's friends from earlier books, thereby encouraging us to explore Elmer's previous adventures.

As ever McKee's illustrations are colourful, bright, bold and lively, using words and images that offer surprises both visually and intellectually. The text is sparse, with the adverbs clearly identified in each comparison.

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