Monday, August 5, 2013

Animal Opposites: Petr Horacek

As a longtime fan of Petr Horacek, I'm happy to share his new Animal Opposites, a pop-up book.  The large format holds a collection of animals that is a surprising delight by comparison, all with the fresh looseness of Horacek's illustration.

A fat pig is paired with a thin meerkat. A still sloth hangs opposite a bouncy kangaroo. The flaps and pop-ups of various sizes are just extra bonuses in this beautiful collection. I think this work could actually stand alone as a board book. Maybe a consideration, Candlewick Press, for the smallest hands?

It is a book like this that makes me again wish for an award to recognize brilliance in the board book/novelty format. Joan and I made the call out in 2009, here. And we both decided The Kunhardt Award would be aptly named for Dorothy Kunhardt's Pat the Bunny. Animal Opposites would be a contender for certain!

Animal Opposites, a pop-up book
by Petr Horacek
Candlewick Press, 2013

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