This book should come with a warning: These are not your ordinary opposites, they are EXTREME! Extremely funny and extremely clever, that is. Those old, humdrum pairings neither yawning parents nor woefully wide-awake children want to hear night after night, year after year – hot and cold, tall and short, the list goes on – have no place in this catalogue of catastrophically mismatched antipodes.
The brainchild of Argentine artist Max Dalton (The Lonely Phone Booth, Godine, 2010), Extreme Opposites combines superlatives and opposites to create a book that is both pedagogically superior (why teach your three-year-old just one grammatical category when she could be learning two, simultaneously?) and superlatively engaging. Knights and dragons, castaways and off-hour Santas, dinosaurs and pirates, mimes and scuba divers populate this imaginatively superior universe. And with just two words per page, you and your little one will have more time to linger over the irresistible illustrations and relish this recital of reverse attractions. Opposites have never been more droll, and less dull, than in graphic artist Max Dalton’s all too amusing Extreme Opposites.
Subtle and wry, “Extreme Opposites” is as much a source of amusement for grown-ups and older children as a pedagogical exercise for younger ones.
—The Wall Street Journal