Saturday, April 9, 2011

Press Here by Herve Tullet

This is my picture book of the year so far for 2011. The idea here is so simple it made me wonder why no one has done this before.

Here is the perfect interactive picture book with no electronic gadgets needed not even any batteries or electricity. I read this gem to Year 2 students and Year 6 and all were equally enthralled especially by the page where you tilt the book to the left and all the dots 'move' across.

I first heard about this book when it was reviewed on the radio this week by Kate Colley of Bloomin' books. She said Press Here is a very difficult book to describe on radio and I agree. The illustrations are so simple but the thought behind this creation is the work of a genius. You could enjoy this book with a pre school child and with an art student it is just so amazing.

If you know how to press, rub, shake, tilt, blow or clap you will easily be able to 'read' this wonderful book. Herve Tullet has a beautiful web site and other wonderful books including an intriguing colouring book.

You can see this book in action here - it is interesting that I thought you needed to press all the yellow dots at the same time.

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