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Monday 8 October 2018

Review: Roald Dahl's Opposites & Roald Dahl's 1 2 3

Two companion books of Roald Dahl’s, Opposites and 1 2 3, delightfully illustrated by the talented Quentin Blake, share the same main character, a hungry crocodile.

In Opposites there are seven pages of words and their opposites, with flaps shaped like trees on every second page, that hide beneath them one of the two subjects.

There is a delightful mouse hiding in fear of his life, an upside-down crocodile in an uncomfortable position, a tiny echidna scurrying to safety, and a tiny frog leaping for joy.

There is also an elephant, a hippo, pelicans, a giraffe, monkeys, a peacock, and lots of obvious and secret appearances of the long crocodile.

Early learners will not only learn the opposites, but get to know the parade of animals that this fabulous board book displays. Full of funny situations, little ones will pick up on them quickly.

In Roald Dahl’s 1 2 3, the same crocodile monopolises the scenes. The same parade of animals appear alongside the chiddlers (children) that begin at 1 and end at 10. There are no flaps to lift here, but the long-nosed croc tries to camouflage himself so he can get closer to the chiddlers. 

Each scene asks if the reader can find where the crocodile is hiding himself or pretending to be something else.

This is another fun-filled book with lots of joyous children racing across the page in play upon coloured pages. 

Their expressions speak volumes. Whether the children are running, waiting for a ride, fetching coconuts, playing, or preparing to snack on something, the crocodile is preparing for a snack as well!

There is a fantastic ending where a third page opens up to extend into an extra long view of a scene of chaos with children and crocodile.  Highly suitable for first books, these two will become toddlers’ favourites with all that’s going on inside the covers.

Title: Roald Dahl’s Opposites & Roald Dahl’s 1 2 3
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $12.99
Publication Date: June 2018
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780241330555 / 9780241330364
For ages: 2+
Type: Board Books