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The Black and White Factory
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little Bee Books, c2016.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) ; color illustreations ; 24 x 24 cm.
Added Author:
Panda, Zebra, and Penguin invite the reader to tour a factory where messes, color, and surprises are forbidden but an accident occurs and the reader must help clean it up.


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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.


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:

messes ,


surprises allowed.


Author Notes

Eric Telchin grew up in Niskayuna, New York, and graduated from George Washington University. He worked in design at ABC News and at 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.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A panda bear, penguin, and zebra have opened the doors to the top secret Black and White Factory to young readers. No colors are allowed beyond the doors, and the animals do everything they can to keep it that way. Directly speaking to readers, the animal tour guides display products such as chess sets, magic eight balls, dice, and dominoes. When they start showing off the Barcode Room, they suddenly discover to their horror a streak of orange. They ask readers to rub the color off on their shirt sleeves and then to let it drip from the bottom of the page. Through a series of catastrophic mishaps, the animals realize that a splash of color is not necessarily a bad thing and makes life a little bit brighter. The text is conveyed through comic-style speech bubbles, making the interactions between the animals and readers more immediate and personal. Young readers will be familiar with this style of story from such titles as Hervé Tullet's Press Here. The literal splashes of color toward the end of the book will be a welcome sight for young readers who may not be thrilled with the prolonged use of black and white. Children will be laughing all the way to the colorful ending. VERDICT A fun read-aloud that will have kids clamoring for messes and more color. A fine choice for small group and individual sharing.-Christopher Lassen, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Telchin (See a Heart, Share a Heart) takes the interactive format of Hervé Tullet's Press Here and other similar titles and builds a story around it. The factory of the title is responsible for coloring things black and white. It's staffed by a zebra, panda, and penguin, naturally, and the rules are strict: "No messes. No colors. No surprises allowed. Ever." In the bar code room, the animals discover an orange stripe. "How did color get inside our perfectly clean factory?" the penguin cries. "Use your fingers to wipe the color off the bar code," the panda directs readers. "Go on, put some muscle into it!" With each page turn and reader action, the mess worsens and the color intensifies-until, of course, the animals realize that color is a feature, not a bug. The storytelling drags, and the conclusion is visible from a mile off, but the labels on the factory's machines provide giggles as a tank of black paint runs into two different sprayers labeled "Dalmatian spots" and "cow spots," while a wall poster notes that "correct" zebra stripes run vertically, rather than side to side. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

All readers touring the Black and White Factory must solemnly swear to follow the rules: No messes. No colors. No surprises allowed. Ever. These mandates are strictly enforced by three tour guides: a penguin, a panda bear, and a zebra. The tour includes products (dominoes and dice), animals (dalmatians, skunks, and Holsteins), and, in an elegant showroom, bar codes. Suddenly, horror! A smudge of orange has crept onto a bar code! Readers are asked to help rub it away, but that only creates a larger stain. Soon other vibrant colors seep in, despite pleas to tilt pages, swirl the book around, and even blow offending hues away. The resulting sloppy but wonderful mess converts our guides, and new rules go into effect: Messes, Colors, Surprises Allowed Forever! Stark black-and-white images on gray backgrounds begin the book, making that first streak of orange all the more jarring. Subsequent yellows, reds, purples, and blues explode off pages, relentless in their cheerfulness. A great read-aloud, especially for kids about to undertake art projects.--McBroom, Kathleen Copyright 2016 Booklist