Project Description

The Opposite

by Tom MacRae
illustrated by Elena Odriozola

When Nate woke up in the morning, The Opposite was standing on his ceiling staring down at him. From that moment on, Nate’s day turned upside down in the most extraordinary way.

When Nate poured milk on his cereal—something he is usually good at—The Opposite happened. Milk splashed everywhere and made a big mess. When he started to draw a very good picture of an elephant at school, The Opposite happened. Paint went everywhere, except on his paper. But when Nate comes up with a brilliant plan to beat The Opposite at its own game, things start looking up again.

Tom MacRae’s funny story about how a resourceful young protagonist cleverly triumphs over a nefarious nemesis will appeal to young readers. Illustrator Elena Odriozola’s distinctive line drawings capture the humor and simplicity of the story.

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Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-371-9
Publication Date: 5/1/2006
Page Count: 32
Size: 9″ x 10-5/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

AR Level: 3.1
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre F
Themes: Opposites, School


“A wonderfully offbeat tale.” ―The Washington Post

“The Opposite is the absolute model of what a children’s book should be: funny, original, simple and charming. But it offers something you won’t find in the average children’s book-all the giggly joys of paradox and inversion. Children will want to come back to it time and time again to work out all the wonderful implications of opposition, while parents won’t mind reading it out every night of the week. Besides all these virtues it is also boldly and brilliantly illustrated. All the hallmarks of a classic in fact.” ―Stephen Fry

“This book would make an interesting choice for storytime or a discussion of opposites.” ―Shoals News


Parents’ Choice Silver Honor ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2006

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Meet the Author

Tom MacRae is a writer for television, and the author of The Opposite. He lives in England.

Meet the Illustrator

Elena Odriozola is a highly acclaimed illustrator who has published over fifty books, including The Story Blanket,The Opposite, and Vegetable Glue, which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award. She lives in Spain.