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PreS—Aliki's trademark pink-faced children enliven this uneven offering. It starts off with a "little boy, a push-button boy," depicts him pushing a variety of buttons (everything from TV's to toasters to umbrellas to faucets), and includes the sounds they make. Suddenly, his button-pushing finger is sore and bandaged, and he is sad. He starts to read, then moves on to other activities, ranging from digging to sliding to painting to hammering, until his finger heals. Now he can push buttons, and do other things as well. The aim is unclear here. Initially it seems to be an onomatopoeic story about pushing buttons and making sounds. However, the injured finger is a stretch, and the remainder seems to be an overly subtle hint about broadening horizons. The text, which mostly reads aloud well, occasionally strains at rhyme and meter. The sound effects are excellent, though, and will definitely capture readers' attention. The mixed-media illustrations, which are brightly colored full-page and spot art on stark white backgrounds, have plenty of movement. The text for the sound words is done in a variety of shapes, colors, and fonts, making them stand out. The boy is appealing and busy, and the illustrations from his book jump off the page, clearly inspiring his later antics—an interesting conceit. Unfortunately, the two stories here don't completely mesh. However, parents and push-button boys everywhere will still probably find the familiar situations and gentle reminders enjoyable. An additional purchase.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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*Starred Review* What toddler doesn’t love to push buttons? This “Push-Button boy” is particularly enthusiastic about it. From flashlight to elevator to umbrella, he goes on a pressing rampage, creating all manners of results (ring tones, hose sprays, jack-in-the-box leaps) and sounds (everything from vroooomm! to flup! to clack!). He pushes so many buttons, in fact, that his finger aches, forcing him to don a bandage and begrudgingly explore other things to do: looking at a book, working a puzzle, climbing the slide, and finger painting, to name a few. Against the clean white backgrounds, Aliki’s familiar style of mixing pencils, watercolors, ink, and markers gives the tousle-headed protagonist a vivid, crayon-colored expressiveness. (He looks a lot like the impish kid from Aliki’s All by Myself!, 2000). Rhyming text and sound effects add wry touches to Push-Button boy’s playfulness: “Push button ROARRR! Clean the floor.” “Push button SQUIRT! No more dirt!” Best of all, the subtle message about taking a break from technology never denies the fun that can be had from said gadgets. A simple but irresistible concept, a strong execution, a healthy message. Where’s the button for “more”? Preschool. --Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061673080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061673085
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,744,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Aliki returns with this cheerful examination of a modern toddler's life. Plenty of white space in each of the brightly-colored, bold-lined illustrations done in Aliki's trademark style makes each image really pop. The rhyming text and fun onomonopia noises make this a natural for storytimes. The endpages feature colorful round buttons labeled with letters of the alphabet, numbers or arrows. The unnamed boy's dark hair, tanned skin and pink cheeks reminded me of the rambunctious boy from All by Myself!, another Aliki favorite.

What I loved about this book was the obvious sense of enjoyment the "push-button boy" gets from playing with the phone, his jack-in-the-box, getting to press the button in the elevator. When he injures his finger, he finds he has to turn to other, non-pushbutton activities. There's a subtle plug for reading, as he decides to open a book, and finds the images and words begin to flow off the page. Here, Aliki pays homage to Ashley Brian, George David Weiss and Bob Thiele's classic What a Wonderful World. But, the "push-button boy" also passes the time gardening, playing with simple toys, cooking, painting, and playing an instrument. When his finger is all better, "That busy boy,/It's go, go, go./That Push-Button,/Page-Turning boy I know." There's very little sense of judgement, that "pushing buttons" or using technology is somehow a worse use of time than playing outside or reading, just the idea that these days, there's a wide smorgasbord of fun activities for toddlers to enjoy. I would recommend this charming story for ages 2 to 5.
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Format: Hardcover
This book has great colorful illustrations and it only takes one read through to realize that it's also fun to read. The rhymes flow nicely, although there is one odd spot. There are plenty of fun sound effects like whish,toot,flup and squirt. The large pictures are perfect for groups - I especially liked what happened when the boy opened the book. The line drawings of different actions seem to flow off the page, making this a perfect opportunity to introduce some new action words. I think this is perfect for two to three year olds, however since it is a bit long, I think it will take a very spirited telling to hold their attention through the entire book.

I like the message here. The boy goes from a button pushing boy to a get outside and play boy to finally a page turning boy. You gotta love that! Kids have way too many buttons to push these days and I would think this would be a message that parents would appreciate and kids will enjoy. A recommend for young preschoolers.
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By Kathleen S. on September 20, 2013
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I picked this book up at a local library and my 2 year old son loved it so much we had to purchase it! It's a fun read. I think that he really enjoys that the little boy in the story does so many of the things that he likes to do and he enjoys all of the silly sounds that are written in the book.( click, clack, zoom, boom) We've read it so many times now that he recites it along with me.
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By harbow11 on January 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The sound effects are fun and it is something our 18-month old can easily related to as she also loves to push buttons. She enjoys this book very much!
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