BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT by Silvia Borando
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BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two cats find friendship in their seemingly opposite (yet, oh so similar!) lives.

Black Cat is black from his ears to his paws, and he is only awake by day. White Cat is white from her nose to her tail, and she lives by night. But curiosity gets the better of both, and they set out into the unknown and meet. Together they travel, as reciprocal tour guides, each delighting in the wonders of the other’s world. The artist’s illustrations, done in black and white, skillfully play with negative space and composition. Cleverly, she reverses images from spread to spread, flops the values, or changes just one pattern to encourage readers to look for similarities and differences; taken altogether, it is a wonderful exercise in juxtaposition. Basic shapes and minimal linework will appeal to the very young, while sophisticated patterning will appeal to all. The charming, cheery text also holds a surprise ending, for which giggles are sure to ensue!

Borando creates a genuine affinity between the two felines, her art and text, and readers and page. Simply captivating. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 25th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7636-8106-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2015




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