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Black Cat & White Cat: Friends Forever!

Black Cat & White Cat coverBlack Cat & White Cat, by Claire Garralon (June 2016, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky), $7.99, ISBN: 978-1-4926-3781-3

Recommended for 0-4

I just spotlighted Black Cat & White Cat yesterday, but today’s where I get to talk about actually reading and testing the book out at storytime. The story is simple and very sweet: Black Cats live in white houses. White Cats live in black houses. Black Cat and White Cat want to meet up and play, but Black Cat disappears when he goes to White Cat’s house, and vice versa. What can the two friends do to find a place that lets them have a great playdate? Strike out in search of a place that’s not too black or too white, naturally!

I LOVE this book. It’s perfect for a mixed storytime like my baby storytime, which ends up having a healthy combination of baby and toddler siblings all together. I explained to my parents that high contrast, black and white books are great for infants; they can best see these images. Older siblings get to enjoy a fun story about two friends in search of the perfect playdate while the littlest lapsitters enjoy the cutest images of cats and houses. The use of negative space is wonderful, especially when the friends try to visit one another – parts disappear! We see hind quarters and tails and cat feet; window cut-outs and stark trees add to the lonely atmosphere the cats feel as they try to make the most of a hide and seek playdate. When they finally arrive at a place just for them, it’s a surprise, a revelation, like stepping into Oz from Kansas. Beautiful, bright colors await the reader and the cats, and make for a very happy ending. My babies and my toddlers love this book, my 4 year-old loves this book, and I love this book.

For collections that see a lot of storytime action, particularly for babies and toddlers, this is a must-add. Put together a baby read-aloud with high contrast titles like Hello Animals, Hello Ocean Friends, and Hello Baby Animals for a fun, animal-friendly storytime with tons of fingerplay and song potential.

Posted in Animal Fiction, Preschool Reads, Toddler Reads

Spotlight On: Black Cat White Cat by Claire Garralon – and a giveaway!

Sourcebooks has been killing it this year! There are so many great books in the Jabberwocky kids’ line, with adorable books like Too Many Moose and I Wanna Be a Great Big Dinosaur. Next up is this too-cute board book for little ones: Black Cat & White Cat.

Black Cat & White Cat cover

Black Cat & White Cat, by Claire Garralon
June 7, 2016; Board Book, ISBN 978-1-4926-3781-3

Book information

Title: Black Cat & White Cat

Author: Claire Garralon

Release date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky


About the Book

Black Cat & White Cat is an appealing black-and-white board book about friendship from French author Claire Garralon.

Black Cat and White Cat want to be friends, but in a world of black and white, someone is always hard to see! Can they find a way to play together without someone disappearing? In the face of adversity, friendship prevails, and Black Cat and White Cat set off to find a place where they can play happily together.

The high-contrast words and shapes are perfect for the youngest eyes, and the fun story will keep children engaged.

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About the Author

Claire Garralon is a graphic designer and illustrator. She is the author and illustrator of numerous books in France, where she lives.

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