"Lemons are not RED" begins this simple concept book. But there, showing through a die-cut on the right-hand side of the spread, is a red lemon. What gives? As any three-year-old knows, the quickest attention-getter is to say the wrong thing--the silly thing--and let the child correct the adult. Sure enough, when the page turns, we see a big red apple on the right while the lemon-shaped hole now on the left reveals the proper yellow from the previous spread: "Lemons are YELLOW // Apples are RED." So it continues through carrots/eggplants, flamingos/elephants, and so on, ending with a silver moon ("Good night!"). Each shape is simple, and each wrong statement appears within a solid-color spread of the right color, providing a hint for those who are not quite sure. The heavy paper should stand up to multiple readings and pokings, though the flamingo and reindeer may find their necks folded or ripped in time. As with Seeger's previous books, the colors and textures are nearly edible.
Kirkus Reviews, (starred review):
..Seeger has done marvelous things with her brushwork, from impasto to shimmering smoothness...Clever, imaginative, and utterly beguiling.
2005 ALA Notable Book (American Library Association):
...Cleverly designed concept book uses brilliant colors and die-cuts...
Child Magazine Best Book of 2004: .
..Kids will adore righting the wrongs of carrots painted purple and flamingos gone gray...
New York Public Library Best Book for Giving and Sharing, 2004:
Artfully placed and shaped die-cuts lead toddlers into an interactive world of bright colors.