Introducing The Black and White Factory, an interactive and entertaining picture book in the vein of Hervé Tullet's Press Here and Mix It Up!
Welcome to the Black and White Factory! Penguin, zebra, and panda will take you on a top-secret tour to see some black and white products that are made here, like salt and pepper shakers, dice, half decks of playing cards (only spades and clubs!), chess pieces, and tuxedos, in addition to a few special experimental projects. There are a few rules, though:
No surprises allowed.
But when the tour gets to the bar code room, some color has seeped in! It's up to the reader to try and rub it off and tilt the book so that it comes off, but nothing works! The animals then use a giant cleaning contraption and need you to help blow into the nozzle to power the machine, and it starts to work! But there's too much color to clean, and it blows color all over the factory. And the animals love it! But of course, they'll have to change the rules a bit now:
A panda bear, penguin, and zebra have opened the doors to the top secret Black and White Factory to young readers. No colors are allowed beyond the doors, and the animals do everything they can to keep it that way. Directly speaking to readers, the animal tour guides display products such as chess sets, magic eight balls, dice, and dominoes. When they start showing off the Barcode Room, they suddenly discover to their horror a streak of orange. They ask readers to rub the color off on their shirt sleeves and then to let it drip from the bottom of the page. Through a series of catastrophic mishaps, the animals realize that a splash of color is not necessarily a bad thing and makes life a little bit brighter. The text is conveyed through comic-style speech bubbles, making the interactions between the animals and readers more immediate and personal. Young readers will be familiar with this style of story from such titles as Hervé Tullet's <i>Press Here</i>. The literal splashes of color toward the end of the book will be a welcome sight for young readers who may not be thrilled with the prolonged use of black and white. Children will be laughing all the way to the colorful ending. VERDICT: A fun read-aloud that will have kids clamoring for messes and more color. A fine choice for small group and individual sharing.
– School Library Journal
All readers touring the Black and White Factory must solemnly swear to follow the rules: "No messes. No colors. No surprises allowed. Ever." These mandates are strictly enforced by three tour guides: a penguin, a panda bear, and a zebra. The tour includes products (dominoes and dice), animals (dalmatians, skunks, and Holsteins), and, in an elegant showroom, bar codes. Suddenly, horror! A smudge of orange has crept onto a bar code! Readers are asked to help rub it away, but that only creates a larger stain. Soon other vibrant colors seep in, despite pleas to tilt pages, swirl the book around, and even blow offending hues away. The resulting sloppy but wonderful mess converts our guides, and new rules go into effect: "Messes, Colors, Surprises Allowed Forever!" Stark black-and-white images on gray backgrounds begin the book, making that first streak of orange all the more jarring. Subsequent yellows, reds, purples, and blues explode off pages, relentless in their cheerfulness. A great read-aloud, especially for kids about to undertake art projects.