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Press Here (Herve Tullet) – Review

on August 26, 2011

Press here

Press Here by Hevre Tullet, translated by Christopher Franceschelli
This book was translated from the French version, under the title “Un Livre” by Barnyard Editions, 2010
Age: Toddler-K
Chronicle Books, 2011
ISBN 9780811879545

Find this book at your local library

Hevre Tullet brings us a low-tech, yet still interactive book for toddlers and preschoolers. Each page is filled with simple instructions that engage, teach and expand a child’s creativity. This book is a great way to show kids that books can be fun, and are not just about stories and detailed illustrations.

The book begins with a clean white space and one small yellow dot exactly in the center of the page. As the book goes on, dots are added in increasing numbers, different colored dots are added to the mix, and the instructions get a little bit harder. There is shaking, clapping, pressing dots, counting dots, and identifying certain colored dots. This book has a lot of great uses in a classroom, although it’s not ideal for storytime. It requires one-on-one interaction with the reader. What I love about this book is that the next page shows the results of each instruction. Tilt the book to the left and all the dots jumble to the left of the page. Kids will love it, because they can challenge themselves, reinforce basic concepts, and just have fun with a book that interacts with them.

“READY?”

PRESS HERE AND TURN THE PAGE.

” GREAT! NOW PRESS THE YELLOW DOT AGAIN.”

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“FABULOUS! FIVE QUICK TAPS ON THE YELLOW DOT”

“AND FIVE TAPS ON THE RED”

“AND FINALLY FIVE TAPS ON THE BLUE.”

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