Let me be clear- I cannot say enough how much I adore this book. The size of a large board book, with glossy, sturdy pages and simple illustrations consisting only of colorful dots, it might be easy to look at this as a book for only the youngest of children to gaze upon and possibly chew up a bit. But don’t be fooled- Herve Tullet’s Press Here is a highly interactive and truly fun book for preschool and young elementary school aged children.
Today’s children may be accustomed to touchscreens responding to their fingertips, but wait until they get a load of this book. I foresee a long, long shelf-life for this book, especially as I watch my own children laugh in wonder as the dots react to their movements. Wonder what I mean? This is a book trailer you have to watch:
Magical, right? Just wait until you see your own children laughing as they press the dots, shake the pages, and clap their hands, feeling powerful and delighted as the illustrations respond accordingly.
While there have been a few recent books that take on the power of books in the age of technology, it’s my opinion that Press Here stands out in the crowd for its innocence and whimsy, and I’m happy to give it our 5 Star Reads distinction. While I wasn’t familiar with Herve Tullet’s books for children before, I’m not surprised to learn that he is known as “the prince of preschool” in Paris, where he lives with his three children. I for one will be browsing the library shelves, and his official website, in search of more fun!
Books, cute kids and lots of laughs make up the core ingredients of Dawn’s blog, my thoughts exactly.