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Black? White! Day? Night! - A Book of Opposites (Neal Porter Books)

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Having explored the alphabet (The Hidden Alphabet), colors (Lemons Are Not Red), and emotions (Walter Was Worried), Laura Vaccaro Seeger turns her extraordinary talents to opposites in this bright, colorful and imaginative book. Through a series of ingenious die-cut pages, the reader discovers things that are the opposite of what they seem: A black bat transformed into a w ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Roaring Brook Press
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Picture book
Concept - opposites
Intended audience or age - preschool/early elementary

Each die-cut page features a word, shown in the illustration. Lift the flap, and it's opposite is shown. The original view through the die-cut area becomes part of the antonym's illustration.

This lift-the-flap book is a perfect introduction to the concept of opposites or antonyms, and it could work for children on a variety of levels. Younger children would enjoy the bold illustrations and the reveal as the flap
May 13, 2008 Jodysegal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PreSchool-Grade 2
This is a sophisticated and very cool concept book. Want to know the opposite of sad? Peek through a cut-out and see two little eyes above a sad frown. Lift the flap and the features magically transform into the larger image of the freckles above a nose on a girl’s smiling face. The concept will absolutely appeal to small children, and the engaging art and humor, as well as some of the clever opposites (for example, a bat is the image for black; lift the flap and it’s suddenly the mouth of a big ...more
Jason Sharp
This is a fun book about opposites, but really shines as a book about multiple perspectives. Lifting up the flaps changes the way we look at the pictures in some really fun ways. One picture may be of flea (small) and lifting the flap reveals that it is the eye of an elephant (big), another picture of a bat (black) is a ghost's crooked smile (white).

This could be paired with other books on opposites, a guessing game on what comes next or a book about perspectives.
Allison Webster
1. This book belongs in the genre of concept picturebooks.

2. This high contrast book is a book of opposites. The title says it all Black? White! Day? Night! Nothing is what it seems in this book of surprises, just lift the flap and discover for yourself!

3. The area for this critique is illustrations, specifically visual elements of color, framing, and shape.

The presentation of the illustrations make this book an exceptional opposites book. Color, framing, and shape are used in unique ways to
1. Genre: Concept Picture Book
2. This book teaches the concept of opposites by using flap open pages that transforms one idea into its oppisite, such as a black square on a white page is nothing, but by moving the flap up it becomes a picture of a vase with pretty yellow flowers on a red table or something. This book includes the opposites of black and white, inside and outside, near and far, clean and dirty, and much more.
3. a)Illustrations
b)The illustrations clearly represent the title of th
Textbook – The Joy of Children’s Literature – P. 73
Genre – Concept

Explore this colorful book as the reader flips up the die-cut pages and discovers the opposite of how they appear.

A) Vivid colorful illustrations draw the reader while the die-cut pages intrigue the reader to want to flip and see what is underneath.
B) The illustrations though not extraordinary on the first page are done in bright colors pulling the reader in, while the die-cuts only add to the suspense. When the reader fli
Ellen Shackley
Genre: Concept

Summary: This is a colorful, interactive book of opposites.

A) Area of focus: Reading Level

B) The author presents the concept of opposites to young readers who are just discovering it. She does this very effectively for the most part. There are a few examples of opposites that I would deem age-innapropriate for those just starting on this concept. Not only are some of the examples far too complicated but without the assistance of an adult, many small children would not even be able
Genre: Concept

Summary: This book provides a collection of pictures and words representing opposites such as over & under, day & night, clean & dirty, etc.

Critique: A. Illustration layout
B. This book has a very unique illustration layout. Each page has a word and a section of a picture representing that word. Then each page lifts up and the opposite word as well as the full picture is revealed to represent the opposite word. This book is very exciting to read and the author was extrem
Nicole Disilvestro
1. I would consider this book a concept picture.
2. This book is about opposites. It teaches the concept of opposites in a cute and creative way by using different ideas that children can understand and relate to their opposites.
3. (a) I think that this book is very accurate. It uses pictures to explain the concept of opposites in a way that children can understand.
(b) I think this book is extremely appropriate. It makes the concept of opposites that can be tricky for some students more unders
Cheryl Wright
1. Genre: Concept book
2. Summary: This interactive children’s book teaches the concept of opposites in a fun way.
3. Critique:
(a) Arrangement of words and illustrations
(b) This book includes simple illustrations and easy to turn pages that are organized in a way to engage even the youngest learners. Each page introduces a different idea inside a die-cut frame. With the lift of a flap, readers will find the opposite of that idea along with an illustration to help children understand the concept
Wallace Johnson
Genre: I placed this title in my reading log under Concept Picture Books

Summary: A beautiful picture book that takes young readers on a journey filled with synonyms and antonyms.


(a.) The strength of this title in my opinion is how the author makes the reader become interactive with each page of the book. I found myself trying to guess the correct answer before revealing the correct one.

(b.) At the very beginning, there is a page colored in black with the word black? written in white a
Citation: Black? White! Day? Night!: A Book of Opposites, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. (Roaring Book Press, 2006). 24 pages. Concept Picture Book.

Summary: This book identifies opposites through the use of page flaps. Each word is first presented as a question, as if asking, “What is the opposite of …?” and the answer given as an exclamation with a representative picture when the flap is opened.

Critique: a) In this very artistic book, each illustration draws readers in through the framing of the oppo
Genre: Concept

Summary: A flip-up book that uniquely explores the world of opposites.

A. Area for comment: Format

B. The pop-up strategy used to explore the various opposites used in the book is really remarkable. The transformation effect from one word to the other by converting one image into the other is simply brilliant and really enables readers to visually see the opposites and the their distinguishing qualities.

C. The opposite concept of sad, happy is beaming with color and emotion. At firs
CIP: "The author uses die-cut pages to present opposites, such as near and far, few and many, follow and lead, and others."

Maggie: Cute, coloful, clever...this book is one that is sure to delight the preschool crowd over and again. The flaps on each page that lead to the opposites are large and sturdy enough for smaller hands to manipulate. Recommended for storytimes or one-on-one reading for ages 3 to 6.

SLJ: "Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3–Clever compositions, a question/answer format, and
Chris Connolly
Category (Concept Book)
Found on pg. 73 in the textbook


1. Everyone needs to have the ability to master opposites. Near or far, happy or sad, the book entices the reader to guess at each page turn. However, some objects you think of are not necessarily the ones that appear!

Possible use in the classroom

2. After reading the book, students can come up with ideas of their own about opposites. This is a good way for children to learn how to compare and contrast. It could also help with infe
Cynthia Housianitis
Picture Book Project

Category: Concept

Source: Textbook (p. 73); American Library Association Notable Book for Children's Book Winner of 2007

In Black?, White!, Day?, Night! - A Book about Opposites, Laura Vaccaro Seeger helps the reader learn the concept of opposites. With a lift-the-flap presentation, the die-cut page features a word (as shown in the corresponding illustration) and its opposite is on the other side. With such manipulation, the younger readers will be intrigued to want to flip and
Genre: Concept
A book of opposites told through cutouts in pages that are flipped to find the opposite.

The pictures in Seeger’s books are really fascinating. Her ability to make what is on one page work for another image on another page shows a great deal of thought and creativity. One image transforms into another with the turning of a page. One of favorite examples is her “simple/complicated” pages. The first page is all white except for a cutout that shows the word “simple” displayed i
Sarah George
1) Genre: Concept Book
2) This book has a very creative and appealing way of showing the different types of opposites. This book is fun to flip through because it can be used as a guessing game because of the fold-out pages.
3) a. Concept
b. The concept of this book is excellent. I would recommend this as an opener to a unit in opposites. I could see students really enjoying this book.
c. The first page shows a bat as an example as black and when you open the page it's a ghost for white. While on
Taylor Howard
Sep 17, 2013 Taylor Howard added it
Shelves: concept
This book is a wonderful concept book for children about opposites. It does not look like an interesting book to a child from the outside, but it is wonderful from the inside. The front cover is solid black and says "front" while the back is white and says "back." It seems very simplistic from the outside. The first page is black with a white square that contains a bat and says "black" but when you lift up the page it has a ghost that says "white." Every page is similar to this and all contain a ...more
Dec 08, 2014 John added it
Shelves: bakers-dozen
This awesome picture book show children some examples of opposites. One will be on the initial page, and the other can be found on the fold out. The illustrations are awesome, and have great inclusion and contrast.
Kay Ray
Black? White? Day? Night? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger about opposites. This book covers the opposites that aren't common or quickly thought of. A few examples might be a valley compared to a mountain. It is a unique idea how the pages are flipped up to show the pair of opposites. Its good how this book shows opposites in households, nature, buildings and such, because normally we see opposites in math, or in temperatures. This is a nice book to use in the classroom to show children exactly how oppos ...more
Great book of opposites. Nicely illustrated. Awkward binding, however and it doesn't hold up well on the shelves (library-wise).
A very creative fun book of opposites. I love everything about this book. What makes me a little side is because of the exceptional pull up sheets and papers it will be ripped at our library and will have to be for in house use only!! Come look at it! It suprized me! The queen of the die cuts!
Potential Problems: None.
Personal Response: Cute and creative on how to show synonyms and antonyms.
A terrific book to use for a lesson on opposites. (This book is unlike any ordinary opposite book though!) Posed in question and answer format, kids are sure to be engaged. Vaccaro is ingenious with her ideas - she compares objects that get readers thinking. I would love to have my kids try to create their own opposites book by using a similar "lift the flap" format. Booklist Review explains: "Bold colors, carefully placed cutouts, and full-page lift-the-flaps make this much more than just anoth ...more
My granddaughter just brought this over when she came to visit, so we read it. She can read (guess) most of the words, and was delighted to pull the flap and discover the opposite picture. It's an interactive, brightly colored, but simple picture books with opposites. I missed it when it was published a few years ago, but it would be terrific for beginning readers, or older pre-school if you don't know it!
Amanda Behrends
Summary - Seeger uses lift up flaps to connect opposite pairs.
Curriculum Connection - Teaching opposites in pre-k and kindergarten and connecting prior knowledge of opposites to antonyms in second grade.
Personal Reaction - I liked how basic this concept book was, it gets right to the point and uses every bit of space to explore the concept. I think the lift up pages will be fun for young readers.
Visual Appeal - I liked the mix of solid colored pages, simple child-like drawings, and more complex
Good way to discuss opposites with students, and could be extended into lesson on vocabulary and antonyms with older students.
L- Lisa
This book of opposite concepts is full of simple designs on each page, creating a contrast that will be widely received by young and old. The pages are diecuts that change from one concept to the opposite ie. a mountain or valley? ordinary or extraordinary? This concept book gives concrete visualization to the young reader but will respond to the older students interest with its sophistication. This book would be a good starting point to inspire children to create their own concept books in the ...more
I knew I recognized the author's name when I picked this one up! Same as Walter is Worried, which I also loved. This one has peek-a-boo pages which go through a myriad of opposites. Similar in flavor to the Hidden Alphabet, I guess. My son liked its interactive quality and I loved the nice illustrations and interesting way of expressing the concept of opposites. It also was a good reminder that things aren't always what they seem at first.
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Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and Dog and Bear, among others.

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