Author: Na, Il Sung
After the zoo closes, monkey slips out of his cage to explore the zoo, introducing the reader to the other animals and the idea of opposites.
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2016 It’s nighttime, and the zoo is closed, but one monkey’s cage door is unexpectedly open. As a result, children have an opportunity to join along in a safari tour of the zoo as the monkey—and young audiences—are introduced to the concept of opposites. A wide-eyed owl is awake, while a tree-draped panda is asleep; a stretching lion is hairy, but a plump hippo is bald. Na’s ink-and-colored-pencil illustrations deftly juxtapose subtlety and vibrancy, using soft watercolorlike hues for background images but vivid squiggles that convey freestyle crayon drawings for many of the featured animals. Even the typography gets creative to match each animal’s description: For a sloth, the character spacing is extended to spell s-l-o-w, but the word fast is italicized to accompany a racing cheetah. Similarly, the word noisy repeatedly screams in all caps above a group of cackling baboons, while quiet is lowercase above an ambling turtle. As opposite books go, this picture book will be visually appealing to both adults and children, and it’s a welcome addition to a genre that, for many parents, can often be opposite of interesting. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.