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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Press Here, written and illustrated by Herve Tullet. Chronicle, 2011. $16.99 ages 3 and up

Press here and turn the page.
Now press the yellow dot again.

People who love books and love sharing them with children are always watching for the next 'great' book that they cannot imagine being without...we want quality and we are overjoyed when we find it!

This is a book that you will grow tired of reading; while planting a big, huge smile on your face. Once started, there is no end in sight. It seems so simple.  Yet, it is the first time I have seen such a book and I can't wait to share it all the time. What genius imagined it, and then brought it to children everywhere?

I hear tell that Hervé Tullet is known in France as the 'prince of preschool books'. It is no wonder; I will be on the lookout for any past and future works from him.

It begins in mystery. There is no visible narrator, but someone is telling the reader what to do now and then next, and then next...and so it goes. Now, it isn't going to be much fun unless you follow along with the instructions given. If you are game, you are in for a great time!
With each turn of the page, things get a bit more complex. Pressing the yellow dot makes another appear. Rubbing it makes it change color. Tapping it adds more to the page. What will happen if you shake it, or maybe even tilt it? Oh my gosh, what about clapping?
And, if you want to do it all over again? Why, follow us right back to the beginning!
There I was sitting in the living room, following each instruction to the letter, with concentration and delight....all alone...wanting to know what might happen next. Imagine when you share it with a little one who believes?

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