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PRESS HERE by Hervé Tullet Kirkus Star


by Hervé Tullet & illustrated by Hervé Tullet

Pub Date: March 16th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8118-7954-5
Publisher: Handprint/Chronicle

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)