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article imageKeep Our Secrets a children's book with colour-changing ink

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 30, 2011 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - A new children's book features something which may capture the attention of youngsters: heat sensitive ink which changes colour when it is rubbed.
"Keep Our Secrets" is by Los Angeles-based Jordan Crane, who has created other books for children, as well as graphic novels for adults.
This book includes sections of black ink which which becomes transparent when rubbed, allowing readers to see an image which had been hidden until then, on each page. Once the ink cools the image is hidden once again. The colour change effect does not wear out.
The McSweeney's Store states that books can be pre-ordered now to be shipped in November.
McSweeney's McMullens editor/art director Brian McMullen and his young son Alton are seen trying out the book in the YouTube video.
The book is about a sister and brother who are walking through a busy house discovering things which are unseen by others. The girl knows what is hidden and tells her brother.
"Really nice, though I do wonder why the dialogue in the text is the children naming what is hidden," commented artistcolor on YouTube . "That is kind of redundant, and doesn't seem to add anything... though maybe if you read it all?"
The things which appear include a dog sleeping in a piano a camera made of cheese, a cat made of mice, a vacuum cleaner filled with potato bugs, an accordion with cats and forks in it and a man with banana hands.
Comic Book Resources states that Crane is "one of comics’ best designers. But I think that with Keep Our Secrets, his new comics-style children’s book for McSweeney’s kids’ imprint McMullens, the man has truly outdone himself."
Other work by Jordan Crane can be seen on the What Things Do website.
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