Fooled you with this wordless book?

January 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

On the Other Side by Istvan Banyai; published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco; 2005.

From the bright yellow front end pages to the black end pages at back, this book explores opposites from another perspective.  For example, on the back of the first page, which is yellow, is a white page with instructions for folding a paper airplane.  The muted tones on each page are highlighted in red, leading us to points of interest in the graphite illustrations that were digitally colored.  Sometimes the opposites are expected, and sometimes they are charming surprises (look especially for the “wanted” posters).

This charming book would be terrific as a read-aloud to have the children describe each scene and identify the opposites.  I’d also include it on a pathfinder for wordless books or books of opposites. The Other Side would be good to display for April Fools’ Day as well.


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