Life in a Colorless World


The scenes above are from my latest children’s picture book project, Mysti Z’s Magical Day. They depict the moment after a mysterious fog has drained all the color from where Mysti and her friend were playing. Everyone is shocked and panicked.

I just realized that the book is the opposite of the film The Wizard of Oz. The film starts in black and white and then color explodes into view when Dorothy opens the door and sees the land of Oz. In my book, the world is full of color and fades to back and white.

Can Mysti save the day and bring color back into the world? I wouldn’t bet against the resourceful zebracorn!

With Love,




About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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9 Responses to Life in a Colorless World

  1. What a great premise, Russ. Looks like a wonderful children’s book CONGRATS.

  2. monniemoon says:

    I really like the idea of going from color to black and white. I would really love to read this story.

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