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Black and White is an interesting title for a book that aims to prove there's no such thing as black and white. But read on and you will see that irony and playful deception are running themes in this multidimensional, nonlinear picture story, which was awarded the 1991 Caldecott Medal. In it, a normal-looking cow contains a robber literally pointing at one of the plot's various possible outcomes, which remain tentative as long as they are formulated by young readers. Seeing new angles and clues every time they open the book, these readers will probably astound adult onlookers with their excitement and ease at navigating the unknown in a literary medium akin to interactive multimedia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
At first glance, this is a collection of four unrelated stories, each occupying a quarter of every two-page spread, and each a slight enough tale to seem barely worth a book--a boy on a train, parents in a funny mood, a convict's escape and a late commuter train. The magic of Black and White comes not from each story, however, but from the mysterious interactions between them that creates a fifth story. Several motifs linking the tales are immediately apparent, such as trains--real and toy--and newspapers. A second or third reading reveals suggestions of the title theme: Holstein cows, prison uniform stripes. Eventually, the stories begin to merge into a surrealistic tale spanning several levels of reality, e.g.: Are characters in one story traveling on the toy train in another? Answers are never provided--this is not a mystery or puzzle book. Instead, Black and White challenges the reader to use text and pictures in unexpected ways. Although the novelty will wear off quickly for adults, no other writer for adults or children explores this unusual territory the way Macaulay does. All ages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Black and White is the Caldecott Medal winning post-modern picture book by author and illustrator David Macaulay. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charlotte
Not at all what I expected. Thought it was the book movie was based on. Boy was I wrong.Published 7 months ago by Donna Bonetti
This book was very strange...I read a few pages and had to stop wasn't making any sence. Usually the Caldecott Awards are great books but not this one. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rosa Cline
This is a very clever way to present four stories - whether they're part of the same story or not is up to you, which is clever as well. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Maria Abihaggle
I really enjoy this book. Sure, it will be appreciated more by older readers and may seem confusing at first but when you realize that the stories connect it is fun to read again... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ann R.
We loved using this in connection with an art project. It went very well. The children really enjoyed it! Such a great book!Published on August 4, 2013 by Maritza M. Ottier
I CAN'T SEE HOW ON EARTH THIS IS READABLE FOR ANYONE ON THEIR KINDLE! is the sample faulty? or is it easier on the newer kindles? Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Margo T. Rose