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The Black Book of Colors Hardcover – 28 Jun 2008
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Breathtaking in simplicity, bold in impact * Washington Post * Fascinating, challenging and lovely * Kirkus Reviews * The pages are black, but the readers' imagination and senses are sparked to allow them to experience a rainbow of colours * Manchester Evening News * Completely different to all the other picture-books...innovative. * INIS * --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Menena Cottin is a graphic designer and illustrator from Caracas, Venezuela. She studied graphic design in Caracas, before moving to New York to study creative writing, children's book illustration and animation. She has several films and children's books to her name.
Rosana Faria was also born in Caracas. She studied graphic design at the Neumann Design Institute and now works as a children's book illustration and graphic designer. She has published more than twelve titles and in 1992 was highly commended at the Noma Illustration Contest in Japan.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Some of the pictures are very nicely translated, like the water, grass, rain and hair. These feel interesting and like what they're depicting. However, other pictures are just... pictures. Like the flowers are just flowers. The kite is a kite. It sounds a bit mad to criticise this as an issue, but drawings for children with visual impairments need to be drawn in a certain way. The flower petals over lap and are drawn at angles, which by touching makes it not feel like a flower. Same with the kite and strawberries. There are so many things overlapping it becomes very confusing for those that are solely experiencing the book with their fingers. Also, all the drawings are done by simply raising the lines. There is no variation in texture or medium.
The descriptions are quite unusual though and not necessarily what I'd go for; blue for the sun's rays and sharp mustard for yellow. Some are clearly linked to the colour of the descriptor but others are quite different. On the one hand, kudos for breaking the mould and looking at the writing in a new way, but on the other hand for children who have never had the experience of colour it would make sense to keep the links between colour and taste/texture/smell, like the red for strawberries or green for cut grass.
Finally, I've seen it mentioned before but the braille isn't very suitable for reading. The dots are printed onto the page with the same stuff they used to raise the line drawings as opposed to being printed onto the page. This means the dots are too light to read even with the most sensitive fingers. However, it's nice for sighted children to be able to feel the page too and see what the braille is like without risking expensive braille books or precious work being scrubbed to death by curious fingers.
One thing I'd like to point out to anyone buying the book for a professional environment is that the author and illustrator are neither blind nor have any life experience with blindness. What they have conceived is a lovely concept which seems to be quite rare (there is very little available in the main stream for children with VI) but it certainly isn't as accessible or detailed as books like Heart of Stone.
Otherwise, it's a great concept book with a lot of talking points, whether or not you have a child with VI in your home or work life.
Braille isn't readable by braillists, drawings are indistinct and unrealistic.
Not everyone sees the world the same way. For Thomas, who is visually impaired, colour is something more powerful than for most. For him, colour is something you can hear and smell and touch and taste. This incredible book uses raised line drawings and Braille letters to help sighted readers to understand how Thomas sees the world. The pages in this book are black, but the intricate designs in shiny raised black on the matt pages, along with the most visual of written descriptions ensures that this book is a riot of colour, told through the power of language and illustration.
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