Hippopposites (A Grammar Zoo Book) (Board book)

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Summer 2012 Kids' Next List

“There are so many concept board books that it's easy to get tired of seeing the same thing over and over again. But Janik Coat brings life, innovation, and laughs to Hippopposites. While the book starts with a basic small/large spread, it quickly moves to more interesting comparisons, including full/empty in which a layer of cardboard has been physically removed from the book so that children can feel the depression. A fresh design filled with twists on classic concept books!”
— Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


Behold: an opposites book like no other. Simple pairings of words, both expected (small/large) and unexpected (clear/blurry), are humorously illustrated with a graphic and lovable red hippopotamus. Bold colors and surprising die-cuts and textures spice up this elegantly engaging board book.

Praise for Hippopposites

"Nicely done and a perfect gift, your favorite little one will love this book."

KIWI Magazine

"This is a marvelous introduction to linguistic nuance for the very young."

The Wall Street Journal

"A distinctive offering stands out in the crowded field of concept contenders."

Kirkus Reviews


"French illustrator Coat blends a quirky sensibility with a slick visual aesthetic...it’s an excellent (and fun) vehicle through which to demonstrate the concept."

Publishers Weekly, starred review


2013 ALA/ALSC Notable Book


About the Author

Janik Coat is an author, illustrator, and graphic designer. She works extensively with agencies, collectives, and a number of prestigious French publishers. She is a frequent guest speaker at fine art schools and regularly exhibits her work in galleries. She currently resides in Paris, France.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419701511
ISBN-10: 1419701517
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 36
Language: English
Series: A Grammar Zoo Book