Books by Hervé Tullet

DRAW HERE by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2019

"Brilliant as usual—but best suited for the shelves of personal libraries rather than public ones. (Novelty. 4-6)"
From the Press Here! (2011) panjandrum, a high-energy invitation to break out pens, pencils, and crayons for an instructive rumpus. Read full book review >
I HAVE AN IDEA! by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2019

"Haphazard stabs at describing at least parts of the creative process—more illuminating perhaps for the artist's students than the rest of his audience. (Picture book. 8-10, adult)"
A gifted finder of ideas explains how to track the tricky, elusive things down. Read full book review >
SAY ZOOP! by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"'Zoop' is the least of it. 'Waahoo!' comes closer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another infectiously joyful romp from the panjandrum of playful pointillism. Read full book review >
LET'S PLAY by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"Playful indeed. Preschoolers will line up for a turn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another digital (in the original sense of the term) adventure from the reigning grand master of no-tech gaming. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF SHAPES by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"This is the rare book that would be improved by falling apart. (Board book. 1-4)"
Tullet may have finally run up against the limits created by the conventions of a book with this latest addition to his clever Let's Play Games! series. Read full book review >
THE FINGER SPORTS GAME by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"A perfectly pleasant interactive read for pale-skinned toddlers. (Board book. 2-4)"
The Finger Worms participate in a variety of athletic competitions. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF TOPS AND TAILS by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Suffice to say, if Tullet can conceive it, adults and children will both enjoy it. (Board book. 1-3)"
Tullet continues to expand his Let's Play Games! series. Read full book review >
MIX IT UP by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Have the real paints handy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Who's ready to dip their fingers in the paint? Read full book review >
HELP! WE NEED A TITLE! by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"The thick, black, paper-over-board cover suggests a sketchbook; in the adeptly controlled chaos within, Tullet outlines the elements of a good story while supplying kids with plenty of inspiration to create their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clever new metafiction from the prolific French artist (Press Here, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
THE EYES GAME by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"While Taro Gomi did this gimmick first and better (Peekaboo, 2013, in English; 1990 in Japan), this is a welcome addition to the growing number of board books that go masked. (Board book. 1-3)"
Tullet's latest interactive creation turns an open book into a game of peekaboo. Read full book review >
THE BALL GAME by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"This ballgame is a board-book miss. (Board book. 3-8)"
The novelty-book answer to the basketball net on the wastepaper basket. Read full book review >
I AM BLOP! by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Lighthearted, fun and original, this book will delight children and parents alike. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Blop comes in many colors, but only one distinctive, easy-to-draw shape. The latest in a series of offbeat, imaginative creations by renowned French artist Tullet will intrigue children and encourage them to think outside the blop. Read full book review >
THE COUNTRYSIDE GAME by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Here's hoping sophisticated 4- and 5-year-olds, who sometimes feel too grown-up for board books, do not dismiss it and miss out on the playful fun within. (Board book. 3-5)"
The king of interactive picture books (I Am Blop!, 2013, etc.) takes a sideways view of board books. Read full book review >
PRESS HERE by Chronicle Books
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"An invitation to play that lacks the simplicity of its print forebear but has its own charms. (iPad game app. 4 & up)"
Extending the bestselling print version's ingeniously interactive contents, this somewhat overheated app offers 15 challengingly abstract games built on unevenly colored, frenetically spinning dots and circles in various primary hues. Read full book review >
THE BOOK WITH A HOLE by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Most apps have a long way to go before they will be as artful and engaging as this interactive wonder. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Deliciously interactive and profoundly immersive, this book provides rich imaginative play from cover to cover. Read full book review >
PRESS HERE by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2011

One lone, yellow dot sits in the center of a blank, white page. Underneath is the inviting command (affirming the reader's already intrinsic urge): "Press here." Turn the page; now there are two yellow dots! Press again. Now, three! What happens if you tap them? Or tilt the book on its side? Gleefully, the dots scatter like marbles. Readers will clamor to press, poke, shake and blow the pages to find out what happens next. Compared to the squawking sounds and flashing lights of many toys, Tullet's simplicity is a breath of fresh air. He cues page turns with complete mastery of his audience. When all the dots very nearly float off the top of the page (readers may have blown too hard in the previous spread), he suggests what they will already have intuited: "Stand the book up straight / to make those dots drop down again." Clapping once makes the dots grow bigger; "Whoa! Clap twice?" A frenzy of clapping brings readers round to the beginning again. Better read one-on-one to avoid the crush of excited participants; however, all audiences will smile at this visual jolt of imaginative play. Children and parents keen to explore technological interactivity will delight in recalling the infinite possibilities of the picture book. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >
THE FIVE SENSES by Hervé Tullet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

Using freely drawn shapes, a few words of commentary, blinding colors and a playful postmodern sensibility, Tullet crafts visual extravaganzas in celebration of the five senses—plus one. Each quarto page offers a bright surprise, from optical illusions to a glued-on reflective square; from a page of pasta shapes to fanciful, semiabstract figures laughing, embracing, tickling and grinning toothily; from a Braille alphabet to specks of "ant poo" opposite a huge blob of "elephant poo," separated by a die-cut nose that flips back and forth. Closing with pages of arrows, spirals and blotches evoking a mysterious sixth sense—imagination, perhaps?—this conveys a stimulating invitation to take fresh stock of everyday sights, sounds and the rest. (Picture book. 7-10)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

A picture dictionary of antonyms, one word to a spread, where each word cleverly converts to its opposite or near-opposite with a turn of the page. Tullet's bold, brightly colored drawings work well to portray different characteristics of these opposites. Almost every page offers a die-cut hole that provides a hint of the word on the following page. A red dot on a boy's shirt, labeled nice, turns into a bright red, stuck-out tongue on the following page, labeled naughty. Many of the word pairs are familiar ones: near and far, up and down, etc. Others stretch the concept a bit—is the opposite of foot really a hand, or is pills the opposite of candy? The illustrations graphically convey the concept they represent, with clean appearing on a blank page, and dirty showing up on a smudge of ink and paint. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >