Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek

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A beautiful book of pop-up animals which demonstrate through opening flaps simple opposites including smooth frog and prickly porcupine, slow snail and fast cheetah, heavy hippo and light butterfly. The pictures are bold and colourful and make their points clearly. The flaps robust making this is perfect book for small hands. A delightful companion volume to Petr Horacek’s Animal Counting.


Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek

This is a pop-up introduction to opposites from award-wining artist, Petr Horacek. Turn the pages, lift the flaps and see animals of all shapes and sizes bring to life the world of opposites. From slow snail to fast cheetah, heavy hippo to light butterfly, smooth frog to prickly porcupine, Petr Horacek's pop-up animals encourage early literacy, language and communication. With its fun illustrations and interactive pages - learning has never been so much fun! This is a companion volume to Animal Counting (ISBN 978-1-4063-3761-7).


With its fun illustrations and interactive pages - learning has never been so much fun Romford Recorder Utterly stunning Angels and Urchins Every now and again an, 'Oh! That's different...

. -- Nicholas Tucker The Independent An appealing pop-up. -- Amanda Craig New Statesman a magical book Baby London This pop-up book contains very refreshing and meaningful content, all delivered with eye-catching immediacy. The wonderfully engaging illustrations, colours and dramatic movements make this an unforgettable treasure of a book Carousel

About the Author

Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. He won the Books for Children Newcomer Award with Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? He is also the creator of the loveable Suzy Goose character who has featured in Silly Suzy Goose, Look Out, Suzy Goose and Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star. Born in Czechoslovakia, Petr now lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two daughters. Click here to read an interview with Petr.

As a child

"I grew up in Prague in the Czech Republic. Just outside our flat there was a wood where I spent lots of time playing with friends. We would climb on piles of soil or build bunkers from forgotten builder’s materials. I always wanted to be an illustrator, but I preferred to look at the pictures inside the books rather than to read them. I would listen to the story or watch a film and then fill up my sketchbook with pictures and images from the story. I started to read books quite late, but I haven’t stopped since."

As an adult

"I studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague where I painted and drew for six years. Some of my pictures were as big as a double bed! Every autumn the teachers drove us to the countryside where they left us for a few weeks (once even a few months!) to paint and draw the landscape. Since then I have adored the autumn. One day an English girl called Claire came into my studio and before I knew it, I was living in England. We are married now and I love England, but it took me some time to learn English – in fact, I’m still learning."

As an artist

"My two daughters Tereza and Cecilia are the biggest inspiration for my work. I started to work on children’s books when Tereza was born. For my first books, Strawberries are Red and What is Black and White?, I received the Books for Children Newcomer Award 2001. It was presented to me in a restaurant and we had a nice lunch. I still remember the lunch and I still have the trophy. I like doing novelty books best. I think it’s very exciting looking through the holes in the pages and seeing what will happen if I turn one more page!

Things you didn't know about Petr Horacek

I love children's drawings.
I love looking at the sky.
I love walking in woods and picking mushrooms.
I love snow and I know how to ski.
I love cakes (any cakes!) and vanilla ice cream (or any other ice cream!).
I love playing tennis and I play as much as I can.
I love watching people walking their dogs.
I love music – from the very old to the very loud and rattley.
I love listening to the radio. I record programmes I can't listen to, then pile the recorded tapes on top of my hi-fi.
I can't spell. (It's rather embarrassing.)

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20 pages
Interest Age: From 2


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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th September 2013




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