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Black and White

by David Macaulay

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1990
32 pages
ISBN: 0-395-52151-3

Ages 4-12

What is black and white and read all over... and over? One response might be this study of Holstein cows, an escaped convict, train stations, a toy train and railroad passengers. What at first seems to be four separate stories ("Seeing Things," "Problem Parents," "A Waiting Game," and "Udder Chaos") emerges as a multilayered whole as characters, designs and realities merge. A blizzard of words cannot be separated from the visual images it stimulates on the page. All is not black and white nor was it ever intended to be: the full-color art has several possible meanings. A striking jacket design and the 1930s details set the mood for an extraordinary puzzle which must be read again and pored over in order to capture its subtle, brilliant humor.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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