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No words are needed—and unexpected things can happen—when a boy, some bold paint, an active imagination, and a white wall come together.
Roller in hand, a boy starts to paint a blank wall. First it’s a plain coat of pink. Then six birds emerge, perched on a branch. . . . Wait, they were there a minute ago! Then he tries the blue paint, and it happens again: fourteen fish swimming in formation, until green paint reveals a giant dinosaur with big teeth and a mind of its own. Whether gray, yellow, purple, or orange, each spread draws on visual humor and an array of unpredictable animals to yield a bigger surprise, right up to the warm and rewarding finale.
About the Author
A collaborative project among Silvia Borando, Lorenzo Clerici, and Elisabetta Pica, a creative team with a background in illustration, animation, and design, The White Book is one of a playful series from minibombo, a children’s publishing house based in Italy that brings together a love of stories, illustration, and interactivity to create innovative graphic picture books.
A sweet celebration of the imagination and nifty validation of persistence.
A winner for all picture book collections. Use to introduce a simple painting activity and pair it with the books in the “Harold and the Purple Crayon” canon.
—School Library Journal
Providing some humor to readers while also encouraging reflection, this picture book is funny and creative, and encourages readers to read between the lines to figure out what might be happening.