Keep our secrets
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A book printed with heat-sensitive, disappearing ink!

Two young children tour their noisy house with fresh eyes, discovering along the way that all is not as it seems. Featuring heat-sensitive, color-changing ink on every page, this book contains dozens of delightful surprises. Among them: a giant dog slumbering in a piano, a wishing puddle full of dimes, a raccoon that is actually a robot, and a camera that is secretly made of cheese.

For a walk-through of the book with McSweeney’s McMullens editor/art director Brian McMullen and his son Alton, head on over to our YouTube channel!

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Praise for Keep Our Secrets

A recommendation for parents on Media Darlings.

“Totally worth looking at again and again.”
Very Short List

Keep Our Secrets Is a magical book…. A blast, not only for the ink gimmick but also because Crane’s illustration style is wonderful. You could read it straight through without vanishing any of the ink and it’s a pretty cute book by itself. All of the hidden images are just the icing on the cake.”’s GeekDad

“Older readers will pick up on the subtext of two kids on their own trying to make sense of the confusing world of adults, but all ages will marvel at the clever drawings exposed beneath the disappearing ink.”
Apartment Therapy

“I thought it would be hard to impress my [eight-year-old] son with the Keep Our Secrets board book… Oh, how I was wrong… it’s definitely a book I’ll be gifting to new parents.”
Alphamom’s “Must List”

“During our first read of Keep Our Secrets, the number of times ‘This is so cool’ was uttered easily outnumbered the pages of this inventive board book… the effect is downright magical.”
Takes a Village

“While e-books may be turning all of our favorite childhood stories into animated pictures and text, the analog book is making a comeback [with] Keep Our Secrets.”
A New Day’s Work

“[A] whimsical, unique book. Hidden behind the fun of discovering secret pictures is a lesson about careful observation and an absurdist commentary on the difference between outward appearance and innermost realities.”
Buffalo News

Keep Our Secrets by Jordan Crane, a printed book that incorporates a very cool technology.[An] amazing little book.
Yummy Mummy

“New from McSweeney’s/McMullen’s comes a board book like no other, I guarantee it. Keep Our Secrets (to be read in a whisper) by Jordan Crane will be heralded by children everywhere as a magical book.

“Jordan Crane has been putting out some amazingly beautiful stuff in the past couple of years, and his new all-ages book is no exception. Beautifully illustrated and incredibly rich in details.”
Orbital Comics (staff pick)

“I was blown away. This book is amazing. Straight up wizardry.”
Brookline Booksmith

“The novelty of this book has obvious kid-appeal but add to that the fun illustrations and you’ll have kids wanting to uncover the secrets over and over again.”