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Wednesday 6 March 2013

Review: Aussie Animal Opposites

I still have fond memories of Opposites books as a kid. They're a perfect way to teach kids antonyms but they're also an opportunity to splash around some fun and colour for littlies.

This new board book from National Library Publishing takes a very cute line-up of Aussie animals and tasks them with all manner of activity from juggling to hair-drying - all in very polar opposite fashion.

A quiet quokka and a noisy numbat.

A mean mole and a kind koala.

A big bandicoot and a little lorikeet.

Cartoonish illustrations and jewel-like colours will delight youngsters, and tough board pages mean loads of toddler longevity.

Opposites aside, this is a great way to learn more about Australian animals, and the NLA have included addendum pages with beautifully-presented information on all the animals featured in the book, with imagery taken from the Library's extensive collection of paintings and other artwork.

Priceless for friends and family overseas.

Title: Aussie Animal Opposites
Author: Elizabeth Lea
Illustrator: Liz Faul
Publisher: National Library of Australia, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 March 2013
Format: Hard cover, board pages
ISBN: 9780642277664
For ages: 0 - 3
Type: Board Book