One perfectly black cat, one perfectly white cat: two complete opposites who discover they have much in common as they delve into the mysteries of each other’s worlds.
Judging by their big beaming smiles, Black Cat and White Cat must be happy with their lot in life, even though it is all rather predictable. Black Cat only goes out in the day, where he can watch the swallows fly, and White Cat only strays out at night when she can gaze upon the twinkly stars. But they can’t help wondering if they’re missing something.
As they both decide to venture into the unknown, they bump into each other – and their smiles transform into delightfully surprised little ‘o’s – before they each promise to show the other the wonders and curiousities of their world from daisies, doves and butterflies to snacks, bats and mice.
The monochrome colour palette of black and white creates strong silhouettes as Black Cat and White Cat take a stroll through new and unfamiliar landscapes, discovering unexpected delights and surprises
With a simple narrative of friendship and a gentle moral about being brave enough to go beyond your comfort zone, this graphic tale has a very sweet tone that elicits a smile.
As the two opposites become inseparable, love is in the air and there’s some new kitty additions to their family. But can you guess what colour they are?
** READ MORE ** There are more opposites attracting in Dahlov Ipcar’s delightful picture book Black and White, and another creature is venturing from night to day in Tomi Ungerer’s Rufus The Bat Who Loved Colours.
Fun fact According to The Cat Fanciers’ Association, there are 22 cat breeds with solid black coats. The Bombay breed is exclusively black. All-black fur pigmentation is slightly more prevalent in male cats than female cats. Their high melanin pigment content also causes most black cats to have yellow or golden irises in their eyes.
Did you know? Is a black cat lucky? The Scots believe that a strange black cat’s arrival to the home signifies prosperity, and black cats are considered good luck in the rest of Britain and Japan. However, in Western history, black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens associated with witches, and so most of Europe considers the black cat a symbol of bad luck.
Author notes Silvia Borando graduated from the Politecnico di Milan with a degree in Communication Design and works as a visual designer for Studio TIWI where she loves to explore her great passion for colour. She also heads up and creates books for Minibombo, an Italian children’s publishing house dedicated to creating young, innovative and graphic picture books. Silvia created The White Book with her Minibombo colleagues Elisabetta Pica and Lorenzo Clerici. She lives between Trecate and Reggio Emilia in Italy and her favourite animal is a hedgehog – with cats a close second, we hope.