I found two picture books that I really like. And the funny thing is, they are both wordless and both use a limited color palette.
First up is SPOT, THE CAT, by Henry Cole.
This book has utterly delightful, very detailed, black and white line illustrations with all the charm and character of Edward Gorey and Maurice Sendak.
Spot, the cat goes missing and we follow him (try to anyway) through busy parks, squares, buildings, and marketplaces.
The neat twist is that his boy goes off in search of Spot himself. So, as the reader, we are witnessing both sides of the story.
A clever bit of wordplay in the title. Kids (heck I did, too!) will have so much fun staring at all the details in the hopes of spying Spot!
Next up is FISH, by Liam Francis Walsh.
The aqua, black, white, and red color palette gives these graphic illustrations a real nostalgic charm.
We see a boy and his dog get in a boat to go fishing. But what they are fishing for and catching are letters.
However, some of the letters are enormous, and scary, and a bit aggressive.
With a great deal of effort the two catch the word ‘fish’.
But was that really what they were fishing for?
Ha! A really clever surprise twist ending made me cheer!
I’d recommend both these books for some fun, beautiful, animated wordless picture book inspiration!