November 2, 2017


Hooray for over-sized opposites books where you can lift flaps, peek through giant holes, and play with pop-ups! I'm talking, of course, about Julie Safirstein's Night and Day, which is one of the most fun and interactive opposites books I've seen yet!

The first thing you notice about this book is that Safirstein doesn't waste time on evening things out and using traditional "opposites." Instead, the book begs to be more than just a concept book, offering readers flaps, buttons, and much more that encourage an interactive learning style rather than just blindly flipping pages. This interactive element allows readers to get their hands dirty, so to speak, when it comes to learning new concepts, and the way that Safirstein presents her opposites definitely leaves room for conversation. On one page we'll see MANY words, and it's up to readers to determine a narrative and understand what the opposites on the page actually are. The best example, of course, is the spread with "climb" and "go down." On this one spread alone readers are exposed to at least four ideas that they must piece together, and this is made even more fun by the way the page is designed: readers are encouraged to look through holes and flip the connected spread back and forth to get the most out of the book. If you've seen the book, you know what I mean, and if you haven't, this book is well worth playing with. There's far too much on each page to even begin to detail here, and that's what makes this book the opposite of boring!

Night and Day published in English last month from Princeton Architectural Press!

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