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The Opposite by Tom MacRae

The Opposite

Written by Tom MacRae
Illustrated by Elena Odriozola

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The Opposite by Tom MacRae

Nate wakes up one morning to see The Opposite sitting on his ceiling. This impish creature manages to ensure that whatever Nate says, the opposite will be true. Nate tries to fix each thing as it goes wrong, but the opposite happens! The mess he's making soon gets him into trouble and it takes some very quick thinking, and a clever twist, for Nate to be able to get rid of The Opposite once and for all.


This might be TV writer Tom McRae's first foray into children's books but the insight, humour and colour with which it explores the idea of opposites is that of a bona fide pro. Kin London This might be TV writer Tom McRae's first foray into children's books but the insight, humour and colour with which it explores the idea of opposites is that of a bona fide pro. Kin London The Opposite is the absolute model of what a children's book should be: funny, original, simple and charming ... All the hallmarks of a classic in fact. Stephen Fry The hugely imaginative story is well matched by Elena Odriozola's expressive illustrations. -- Julia Eccleshare Guardian Marvellous...Elena Odriozola's drawings are precise, elegant and offbeat. -- Kate Kellaway Observer

About the Author

Tom MacRae

Tom MacRae is best known as a BAFTA-winning scriptwriter for television: his work has been shown on both Channel 4 and BBC2. He has recently written several episodes for the new series of both Doctor Who and Miss Marple. His first book for children, The Opposite, was published by Andersen Press in 2006, and his second Baby Pie in 2009.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Publication date

7th June 2007



Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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