Double Take was so much fun to write. The idea popped into my head when I left a job as a full-time editor to become a full-time author and began looking at children’s books from the opposite side of the desk. It got me thinking about point of view and perspective, and how crucial it is to evaluate ideas from different sides. I devised Double Take as a guided tour through a carnival world of words and ideas. Like a rollercoaster ride it starts off slowly with simple opposite words—IN/OUT, ASLEEP/AWAKE, BLACK/WHITE—but then ratchets up into relative words (“Who knows what is BIG unless there is SMALL?") and taps into the fluidity of ideas (“Who’s STRONG and who’s WEAK is hardly perplexing, but STRONG can look WEAK when a new champ is flexing.”) Point of view is the corkscrew on the track! (“What is ABOVE and what is BELOW? The answer depends on who wants to know.”) When I wrote the book, little did I imagine it would be published in a world of “fake news” and “alternate facts”; doing a double take seems more essential than ever. But in the end, it’s the yin and yang of this world, our interconnectedness, that makes the rollercoaster go round!
Double Take! A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood; illustrated by Jay Fleck | Candlewick Studio | Publication Date: June 13, 2017