Black? White! Day? Night! (1st Edition)


BLACK? WHITE! DAY? NIGHT! (1st Edition)
Written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan/September 2006
(Other editions: 2nd edition/April 2016)

Having explored the alphabet (THE HIDDEN ALPHABET), colors (LEMONS ARE NOT RED), and emotions (WALTER WAS WORRIED), Laura Vaccaro Seeger now turns her extraordinary talents to opposites in this bright, colorful, and imaginative book.  Here, through a series of ingenious die-cut pages, the reader discovers that things are not always what they seem.  A black bat is transformed into a white ghost.  A sunny day magically becomes a starry night.  Posed as a series of 18 questions and answers, BLACK? WHITE! DAY? NIGHT! is sure to be a big success with small children everywhere.

American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, 2007
Child Magazine Best Book of 2006
Nick Jr./Family Magazine Best Books of 2006
Booklist Editor’s Choice, 2006
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2006
BookSense Pick of the Lists Book, 2006
CCBC Choices Best Books of 2007
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children, 2007
Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2006
Pennsylvania Center for the Book “Baker’s Dozen”, 2006
Eric Carle Museum Picture Book of Distinction, 2006

starred review/Kirkus Reviews
“Using the same format as her stunning HIDDEN ALPHABET, Seeger presents readers with another eye-catching concept book… From beginning to end, another winner from Seeger.”

starred review/School Library Journal
“Opposites attract and expand in this playful celebration.”

starred review/Booklist
“Children will be captivated from the very first page… From front to back and beginning to end, this is a winner.”

Horn Book
“Classy… Appealing… Clever… A thoughtful, well-packaged offering.”

Publishers Weekly
“This playful volume banks on uncertainty and surprise… The question marks and exclamation points remind readers to keep inquiring in this satisfying package.”

recommended book/Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“No doubt there’s a language-arts lesson here for the taking, but expect it to be trumped by the sheer inventiveness of the presentation.”