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Press Here Hardcover – March 30, 2011
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Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey!
Follow the artist's simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader's imagination.
It's only a yellow dot but what a dot it is! Readers won't be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along.
Hervé Tullet is known as 'The Prince of Preschool.' He has been an ad agency art director and magazine illustrator in addition to the creator of dozens of children’s books, including Press Here and Mix It Up. He hails from Paris, is living in New York City together with his wife and daughter.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Tullet's brilliant creation proves that books need not lose out to electronic wizardry; his colorful dots perform every bit as engagingly as any on the screen of an iPad. "Ready?" the voiceover-style narration asks on the first page; it shows a yellow dot on a plain white background. "Press here and turn the page," it instructs. When the page is turned, there's a second yellow dot beside the first one. "Great!" it says. "Now press the yellow dot again." A third yellow dot appears beside the first two. "Perfect," the narrator continues. "Rub the dot on the left... gently." On the next page, voila!—that dot is now red. "Well done!" the book congratulates. The fun continues as the dots proliferate, travel around the page, grow and shrink in response to commands to clap, shake, or tilt the book, etc. The joy is in the tacit agreement between artist and reader that what's happening is magic. Shh! Don't tell. All ages. (Apr.)
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"At the close of this reading experience, you'll hear the ultimate praise: 'Read it AGAIN!' Hooray for the book!" -Kids Brain blog
"Entertaining and intriguing." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Deceptively simple, and endlessly entertaining "
-Kepler's Books and Magazines, Camino Real Menlo Park, CA
"Compared to the squawking sounds and flashing lights of many toys, Tullet's simplicity is a breath of fresh air....Children and parents keen to explore technological interactivity will delight in recalling the infinite possibilities of the picture book."--Kirkus Review, Starred Review
""Press Here" is a tour de force of imagination and playfulness that belongs on every family bookshelf" - Seattle Times
"An innovative, interactive work that gets kids to play with the physical form of the book."--Time Magazine, 100 Best Children's Books of All Time
"This is one that will be passed around every classroom, every library and at every gathering of family and friends. Irresistible."--Shelf Awareness
"[S]pectacularly simple....And it's just plain fun. Tullet reminds readers that a child's imagination truly needs only the most basic of instruments to soar high and far."--School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Without so much as a single tab to pull or flap to turn, this might be the most interactive picture book of the year."--Booklist
"This brilliantly simple amusement wins its spot (in a manner of speaking, for it consists almost entirely of colorful spots on glossy white backgrounds) for the sheer delight it gives. The book, we said earlier this year, 'is like a cross between a high-concept picture book and an iPhone, only more charming.'" - Wall Street Journal/Best Books of 2011
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Beginning with a simple yellow dot your child presses (which "magically" - via your child pressing it - responds by turning into two yellow dots on the second page), the amount of dots, colors, patterns and sizes of the dots change as the book progresses, with a child learning the meaning of pressing, turning, rubbing, tapping, shaking, tilting, blowing, along with varying degrees of movement (gently, a little bit, a little bit more, hard, a little bit harder, really hard) - and direction (left, right, up, down). Love the fact that the cover is SO thick - allows for all of that manhandling!
Throughout, your child is cheered on with words like "Great! Perfect! Well done! Fabulous! Excellent!" as his/her actions appear to create the "magic" happening on each page. Toward the end, your child will be clapping to make the dots larger and larger and LARGER until finally that original one yellow dot (with a white hole in the center) is taking up the entire two page spread... at which point your child's encouraged to "Quick, press the white dot", with the final page showing the original yellow dot and saying, "Bravo! Want to do it all over again? Back to the beginning. This way..." with an arrow. This is really an energizing, just PERFECT little book for engaging your child in a fun way, especially if you let your own self be a kid again and "oooh" & "aaah" at the magic (but with all of the clapping at the end, 56 pages long and the encouragement to do it all over again, more suited for daytime rather than a bedtime read!)
I really like the clean look of this book - its brilliance is in its simplicity... stretching a child's imagination while teaching concepts of movement in such a magical way. Reminded me of an amazing college-aged aunt we had who never stopped being a kid herself, whom we would swarm around as she would make the simplest activities seem magical - thought of her as I read it, wondering if perhaps Mr. Tullet knew my Aunt Mary? ;-) Herve Tullet does a terrific job, and I found it well worth the imprinted $15.99 price.
I'm the mom of a 3-year-old daughter. I wasn't sure how she would react to the book. There are no cute characters. No flaps to lift. No scratch and smell, lights, music or holograms. LOL - it's truly a book! And it's made up of primary colors, circles, and basic sentences - that's it.
So, I put her on my lap and began to read. Did she like it? Well, we had to read it 8 times the first night, 7 times the second night, 10 times the third night, etc., etc., etc. She hasn't gotten tired of it yet.
This morning, my daughter had a doctor's appointment. As we sat in the waiting room, I took the book out and we began to read. Within moments, we were surrounded by every other child in the waiting room as they watched and listened in fasciation.
This is truly a wonderful little book that proves imagination is more important and more effective than batteries!
Product Update 11/16/13
Well, my daughter is now 5 1/2 years old. As many books do, this one eventually ended up on a shelf filled with many other books. We're packing for a move and Press Here came to light again. I told my daughter that it had been her favorite book when younger, so she asked me to read it to her.
My voice was soon tired as we had to read it six times in one sitting. Though she's old enough that the book doesn't seem quite so 'magic' anymore, she was still delighted with it. And even in her five-year-old wisdom, she did need to take a moment just to ask me if the book really was doing things when she pressed.
She's now shared the book with her kindergarten class and the kids keep asking her to bring it back.
And reading it again, I was just as delighted as I was the first time.
There are books and then there are books. PRESS HERE is fun, simple, and brilliantly executed. In some ways, I like to describe this as an iPad app for people without an iPad. It should be noted that the book is designed in a way that also allows for heavy use. With a book that encourages interactions, it is critical that it can stand up to lots of handling. The pages of PRESS HERE are thicker and coated which will support frequently use.
If you are looking for gifts for young children in your life, or just like collecting unique books, I would seriously recommend this one. I am already making up a list of who will get a copy.