Friday, April 20, 2018

Press Here - Hervé Tullet

Summary: Press Here.  That's right.  Just press the Yellow Dot.  And turn the page.  (Image from goodreads.com)

My Review:  Okay, so I recognize that the "summary" up top isn't really a summary.  It's just what's on the back of the book. I'll try to give you a better summary.

Press Here is an ingeniously interactive book for younger children and early readers that has won multiple 'Book of the Year' awards and is a NYT bestseller.  It begins with a small yellow dot in the center of the page, much like the cover image, with the simple instructions: Press Here.  Readers are invited to follow the instructions and turn the page, and lo, and behold, one yellow dot is now two yellow dots.  Similar instructions follow.  Rub the dot gently to change it's color. Tap five times to make five dots.  Shake the book and the dots move around.  Tilt the book and they slide this way and that.  Press hard.  Tap.  Blow.  Clap!  Each interaction produced a different result but they all had one thing in common -- my youngest was all over it!  She gleefully followed every action and expectantly waited for me to turn the page.

In hindsight, I should have purchased this book as soon as my kiddos could follow basic instructions, but even though I got in the game a little late, my five-year old still loves it and I even found my eight-year old sitting in giving it a good shake.  And lest you worry, the book is well bound, with a thicker than normal front and back cover, so it stands up to a good jostling.  I recommend this book to anyone with little kids, especially those who might struggle to sit still for a more standard story.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

For the sensitive reader:  I will admit that it goes against my nature to violently shake a book.  I'm working on it, but it does make me wince.

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