Dill & Bizzy: Opposite Day
This playful picture book combines an original introduction to the concept of opposites with an eccentric but heartwarming friendship story. If today is truly Opposite Day, be prepared to hate this book!
Staying True to Opposite Day
'Dill & Bizzy Opposite Day' by Nora Ericson, illustrated by Lisa Ericson, is an adorable story about two best friends who can't seem to come to an understanding. This is mainly caused by Bizzy's insistence that Dill take part in opposite day, a day in which they do everything opposite of each other.
Dill, who is not too keen on this idea, attempts to voice objection as often as possible, even if just through his facial expressions, but his objections only cause Bizzy to be more insistent that they continue with opposite day. After all, Dill saying that they should end opposite day means that it must continue on, right?
It finally occurs to Dill that in order to get Bizzy off of her opposite day kick, that he must trick her into conceding it should be over. The most important point that Dill makes is that they can't be best friends if it's opposite day. The fact that they are already best friends means they need to end their friendship right then and there to stick with the theme of opposite day.
While Bizzy tries to find a solution, the illustrations that populate the pages of the story showcase the sweet, upset, friendly, and other types of expressions that Dill and Bizzy have about their current situation. An adorable romp through a fun-filled day (at least from Bizzy's perspective), 'Dill & Bizzy Opposite Day' definitely captures the innocence of youth and the frustration that can accompany someone who is not willing to see anyone else's perspective. Another adorable feature is that there are quotes from the two main characters on the back of the book sharing what they think of the story. While Bizzy thinks it is funny and so wonderful, Dill sees it as serious and quite terrible. Nora Ericson and Lisa Ericson have done a fabulous job ensuring that the characters truly stand out and find ways to hold their own.