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Book cover with an illustration of a black cat.

Black and White

Miš publishing

Country: Slovenia

Original title: Črno belo

Original language: Slovenian


Age group: 5 - 12

Categories: fiction, Illustration.

Inclusive towards: Race, cultural background, others


Author: Žiga X. Gombač 

Illustrator: Damijan Stepančič  


Number of pages: 16

Format (in mm): 195x 195


Info on rights holder: Miš publishing

Rights sold: Polish



A white family lives in a white house amidst a white city. Their happy and carefree existence is disturbed only by their fear of anything black. Will a mysterious encounter change their worldview and bring some colour to their world?
Black and White is a story about acceptance and the limitations imposed upon us by prejudice. It tells a story of a black-and-white world in desperate need of colour.
“They are afraid of the night. Even though they have never gazed into the night sky.”

Book page with an illustration of a family sitting together on a chouch, as if they were watching TV or looking at the horizon.

Info on the author:

Žiga X. Gombač is a renowned and popular children's and young adult writer. His works take place in a unique mixture of engaging characters, exciting ideas and interesting settings and often represent familial life (the role of a father in a child's life) and pressing social issues. He uses literature to promote tolerance and
Selected published works in other languages:
- The Secrets of Young Lions (China, 2018)


Info on the illustrator:

Damijan Stepančič is a Slovene painter and illustrator, best known for his children's books illustrations. He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2020. He was included on the IBBY Honour List for 2010. He won the Levstik Award twice, in 2003 for Leteči krožnik na našem vrtu (A Flying Saucer in Our Garden), and in 2011 for Zgodba o sidru (The Story of the Anchor). In 2012 he won Kristina Brenkova Award for original Slovenian picture book. In 2013 he was nominated Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.



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