Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Jonathan Ying
Illustrator: Victoria Ying
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
If you are on the lookout for a book that teaches colors with animals and humor, Not Quite Black and White is the book for you! Each page is illustrated in black and white, except for one fun piece of clothing an animal is wearing. You may see a zebra wearing pink polka dots, a penguin in yellow boots, or a dalmatian in a red cape. In addition to the basic primary colors and farm animals, extras animals and colors are included like a tiger in a lavender top hat or a badger with a maroon flag, making this story full of fun surprises.
This picture book is a fun and silly way to teach both colors and animals to young readers. Not only does each page have a black and white animal with a colorful piece of clothing, but the text and borders of the pages are also that color, making it clear which color is highlighted on each page. Besides the obvious colors and animals, primary age children can also pick out patterns and clothing that are labeled. As an adult, the surprising colors and animals along with the rhyming text make this book an enjoyable read aloud for all parties involved.