Black & White (1990), written and illustrated by David Macaulay, is a 1990 Caldecott Medal Winner. My Children’s Literature teacher, Katherine, just did not understand how this book won the Medal. She hated it. I, on the other hand, loved it. I think it’s because I love doing a lot of stuff at once. That’s when I feel the most productive.
Katherine didn’t tell us what the book was about when she first gave it to us. She didn’t want to prejudice us with her thoughts on the book, so she didn’t tell us what her thoughts were until we turned in our review.
Even though Katherine didn’t like the book, she respected my review and my thoughts on it.
I liked the book but I gotta’ tell you that the cover doesn’t allude to what is on the inside. I, like many other people, judge the book by the cover. But, don’t do that with this one because if you do, you will miss out.
This is what’s going on in this book: There are four stories happening at once with a split page theme going on.
I gave it to David, and he was confused.
“Oh, I am so sorry baby,” I told him.
I neglected to tell him that he should read them separately.
“Go back and read again. Separately this time,” I instructed him.
Even though he didn’t want to, he went back and read the book. He came back to me and told me that he liked it, but that it was too confusing to read it all at once.
You, my dear reader, are one up on things, because you know what’s going on. Whereas I didn’t.
Now that you know what’s going on, read it with pleasure. You can either read the stories one at a time or read them all at once.
So, if this sounds like something you would like, go out and get yourself a copy.Until next time people!
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