The Game of Light
by Hervé Tullet
"The Game of Light" is an inventive game of storytelling with shadows. Part of a bright and lively series of board books that work like a game. Full color.
Board Book, 14 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Phaidon Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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These books by Herve Tulle are my new favorite book-as-object or book-as-toy books. In this one, you read in the dark and use a flashlight to shine through the cutout shapes on the board pages and look at the shapes on the wall. ("Flowers bloom on the ceiling! Fish swim across the walls!") This would be a great idea for anyone who is doing the nighttime summer reading theme -- if you don't use the book itself, the concept could easily be adapted for your own stories or a campfire program.
Hervé Tullet writes and illustrates fantastically imaginative and artistic books for young children, and this book is no exception. My three-year-old daughter loves reading/playing with it before bedtime (simple text accompanies cut-out images that you shine a flashlight through to make fun patterns on the wall). This is a book we're very happy to have in our children's collection.
We unpacked the book in the night. It was just Zizou (he's one and a half) and me to begin with. But over the next 40 mins, the entire family jumped into the game! All of us wanted to feel the boat sailing on the wall, and wait for the flowers to drop from the ceiling, and catch the little fish swimming across walls. A friend of mine was right - dammit, the french really do get it!
This is definitely a different kind of book conceptually. You're supposed to read this book with a flashlight so that you can project the cut out images onto the wall of a dark room. Darkness would make it it harder to see the words, but the words aren't really the focus here. This is a nice craft book. Younger readers would probably enjoy this quite a lot. Keep it in mind for younger readers or for creative types.
I went out and bought this, which is rare for me working in the library, and it was so, so cool for about the first 20 minutes and then I didn't want to play with it anymore. I really only like the stars. I don't really think I'm the target audience though. My 2 year old is pretty into the flashlight now.