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What is Black and White? (Walker surprise) [Board book]

Petr Horacek
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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8 May 2001 Walker surprise
Two stylish die-cut board books that introduce the concept of colours. These two colours concept books are part of Walker's new range of concept board books that combine graphic pictures with ingeniously simple novelty devices. In this case die-cut pages reveal that strawberries are red, oranges are orange, bananas are yellow and so on. Each page has more cut off it than the one before, so that the layered images finally form a delicious-looking fruit salad (Strawberries are Red). What Is Black and White? works in a similar way, with the pages revealing that the night is black, the snow is white, the cat is black, the milk is white, and so on. But this time, the black and white pages are turned to reveal...a zebra!

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  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (8 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074457577X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744575774
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 5.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,070,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sturdy new edition of a classic novelty board book for babies and toddlers. --This text refers to an alternate Board book edition.

About the Author

Petr Horacek is a young Czech illustrator and painter making his publishing debut. He works in a mixture of mediums including crayon, watercolour and ink and loves to explore the bookmaking process. His style, which is bold and naive with a very European feel, is full of startling colour. Petr trained at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague and then worked for some time as a graphic designer in the Czech State Advertising Agency before settling permanently in the UK in 1995. He lives in Worcester with his wife, Claire, and their two daughters Teraza and Cecilia.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully designed first book for any child 13 Dec 2001
Format:Board book
This is a beautiful book in all respects. The pictures are gorgeous and, for a book dramatizing the extremes of black and white, richly varied in both colour and detail.
In all there are seven images, the first six alternating images of black or white, with the final surprise combining both colours and making a pleasing coda; but this description does little for the book's charm.
It was one of the first books we read with our son. It is wonderfully designed for small hands as the pages reduce in size and are therefore easier to turn over. The board book format also renders them resistant to chewing and other hazards.
This is a deceptively perfect book. The pictures are a delight, a mixture of crayon and paint, and the lettering is just as pleasing.
This is one of the best books for very young children we have ever come across.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Concept! 23 Oct 2002
Format:Board book
Being an art person, I find that there are tonnes of books on all the colours of the rainbow. Black and white are just as important to recognize as all of the other colours. It is refreshing to find a book with such a simple concept that is so well thought out - making it all the more impressive! The clever layout of the pages and the wonderful illustrations made this a must have, along with all of this authors other books, in our library and at our playgroup!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun way to learn what's black and white 22 Sep 2011
By Nicola Hardy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
In this lovely little board book, Petr Horacek shows us seven things that are black or white, and one that is black and white! In addition to the gorgeous illustrations, the pages are cut in an inventive way that leads to a nice surprise at the end. The quality of the board is good and has withstood the attentions of my one-year-old for over six months now. The book makes a great companion for Strawberries Are Red (Look Inside) for introducing colours to pre-schoolers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 2 April 2011
Format:Board book
This is a wonderful, simple, engaging book that all three of my children (now 6 months, 3 and 10) have enjoyed looking at. The illustrations are simple and the children love the way the size of the pages reduces to reveal what is black and white! Can't recommend highly enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as others in this series. 24 Jun 2011
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
This isn't as good as others in this series though I like the way the last pages make a zebra (in the same way the this little cat one makes a tiger). It's mostly due to the fact they have a white bird and a black bird (they might call them crow and seagull or something along those lines - don't have the book by me this second!) but it's just confusing and they could have chosen things that weren't essentially the same animal. Also the cover just makes me want to say 'and read all over' in a joke starting kind of way... *sigh*. Get the little cat, little bird or train one instead, much better!
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