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Keep Our Secrets Board book – January 17, 2012
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Publisher's Weekly, Children's Review
"Totally worth looking at again and again."
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"Keep Our Secrets Is a magical book.... A blast, not only for the ink gimmick but also because Crane’s illustration style is wonderful. You could read it straight through without vanishing any of the ink and it’s a pretty cute book by itself. All of the hidden images are just the icing on the cake."
"Older readers will pick up on the subtext of two kids on their own trying to make sense of the confusing world of adults, but all ages will marvel at the clever drawings exposed beneath the disappearing ink."
"I thought it would be hard to impress my [eight-year-old] son with the Keep Our Secrets board book... Oh, how I was wrong... it’s definitely a book I’ll be gifting to new parents."
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During our first read of Keep Our Secrets, the number of times 'This is so cool' was uttered easily outnumbered the pages of this inventive board book... the effect is downright magical."
Takes a Village
While e-books may be turning all of our favorite childhood stories into animated pictures and text, the analog book is making a comeback [with] Keep Our Secrets."
A New Day's Work
[A] whimsical, unique book. Hidden behind the fun of discovering secret pictures is a lesson about careful observation and an absurdist commentary on the difference between outward appearance and innermost realities.”
"Keep Our Secrets by Jordan Crane, a printed book that incorporates a very cool technology.[An] amazing little book.”
New from McSweeney’s/McMullen’s comes a board book like no other, I guarantee it. Keep Our Secrets (to be read in a whisper) by Jordan Crane will be heralded by children everywhere as a magical’ book.
"The novelty of this book has obvious kid-appeal but add to that the fun illustrations and you’ll have kids wanting to uncover the secrets over and over again."
A recommendation for parents on Media Darlings!
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"Crane’s drawings are clean, yet full of nuance; his writing is playful and sharp. The artistry is in the detail." The New Yorker
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If you believe in coincidence, ignore my review. But in my opinion, something is hinky here and it ain't me. THIS BOOK DOES NOT WORK AS INTENDED.
I saw a YouTube video back in July 2011 showing how this book works. The idea is great: anywhere in the book where there is black, you rub on it and the heat from your fingers makes the black ink translucent, letting you see the picture behind it. So, for example, you might see a man in a black trench coat, but when you rub on the coat you see that it is actually two "little people" - one standing on the other's shoulders.
Even though I knew it would take a long time to receive the book (it took about six months), I was willing to wait because I thought my kids would love it.
Unfortunately, the book doesn't work. You can only make the black ink turn clear after vigorously rubbing for a long time. By the time you get one portion of the picture visible, parts you have already rubbed have turned back to black. I let two of my kids try the book: a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old and neither of them could get the heat-sensitive ink to work, no matter how much they rubbed.Read more ›
One thing I have noticed is that after you go through the book with a hair drier and allow the pictures to go dark (at room temp) it's very easy to go back through and rub the ink to make the pictures appear. So for those that are not crazy about using a hair drier with their kids, this might be a passable work around.
Concept is still cool, hence the 4 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book and idea - it would be nice if the heat sensitivity was a bit higher, you really need to use a blow dryer only to make this work, which sometimes makes it clunky to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stevie J.
A fun and exciting exploration activity for me, I mean for the children. It works with a small heated bean bag.Published on April 22, 2013 by Donna Evans
A friend bought us this book at a comic book convention. It takes awhile to read it (I prefer the hot cup of coffee method) which is all to the good. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by K. Dyer
This book requires a hair dryer to reveal the hidden images. It is a great concept but laughably executed. Kids cannot read it alone and it makes for a loud and clumsy read. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by tapegirl
When I first read about this book, the blurb said the hidden pictures would be revealed by rubbing your warm fingers on the black ink. I waited for months for my copy to come. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by L. Sabo
Pre-Ordered this book in Nov. 2011 after I read about the concept and saw the youTube video about the book. Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Hawkins