The Black and White Factory by Eric Telchin

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It’s conceptually clever enough, but metatexts and reader participation are plentiful these days, and the art can’t compare with Hervé Tullet’s Mix It Up (2014) or Deborah Freedman’s Blue Chicken (2011).
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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 messes.

No colors.

No surprises allowed.

EVER.

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:

No messes

No colors, 

No surprises allowed. 

forEVER!
 

About Eric Telchin

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Eric Telchin grew up in Niskayuna, New York, and graduated from George Washington University. He worked in design at ABC News and at washingtonpost.com before creating Boy Sees Hearts, which showcases photographs of naturally occurring heart shapes, and writing the book See a Heart, Share a Heart. He currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. Diego Funck is an illustrator and graphic designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s been drawing professionally for the past ten years, creating children’s books and working with educational publishers in Belgium, Congo, Haiti, and India. He currently lives in Brussels, Belgium.
 
Published August 30, 2016 by little bee books. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Below average
on May 14 2016

It’s conceptually clever enough, but metatexts and reader participation are plentiful these days, and the art can’t compare with Hervé Tullet’s Mix It Up (2014) or Deborah Freedman’s Blue Chicken (2011).

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