This Book Is Upside Down

Phoenix International. Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781503752467.
PreS-Gr 2–A giraffe and a penguin are of very different opinions about which of them is actually upside down. Penelope the giraffe observes that everything about the book she is trying to read is upside down. Gus, the penguin, who is also upside down on the opposite page, insists that it is not the book but rather Penelope who is upside down. The debate continues on each spread until the middle spread, at which point both characters are upside down. From there, the book becomes slightly more challenging to follow, but the humor deftly continues until the last page, although the debate of who is actually upside down is never truly resolved. Vibrant, full-bleed digital illustrations humorously depict each of the cartoon-like characters on their respective pages.
VERDICT Young readers will have a riotously good time trying to follow along with these silly characters, and more sophisticated readers will enjoy a few additional nods and winks as well. Recommended.

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