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The New York Times bestseller
"Irresistible." –The Wall Street Journal

Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delig...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Chronicle Books (first published 2000)
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Betsy
When we talk about interactive picture books we’re usually talking about pop-up books or tactile books with fuzzy/bumpy details. When we talk about picture books that break down the fourth wall, we’re usually talking about titles that approach the reader directly with a narrative like The Monster at the End of This Book or Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus or Can You Make a Scary Face So where do we slot the little French import Press Here by Herve Tullet? Interactive but also reliant on the pa...more
Lisa Vegan
Jul 22, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all beginning readers and even younger children who know a bit about colors & counting
I was pressed to read this book. Ha! I wasn’t expecting to like it but I ended up loving it.

It’s very clever. I like that children’s/readers’ actions “write the book” and that it’s an enjoyable activity, and that it helps young kids with fine motor skills, and counting skills and with learning colors, and directions (left, right, up, down). As readers follow the directions, it will seem to them that they are creating what’s on the next page. What a great idea!

This is a very entertaining, intera...more
Kelly
A dot is such a simple thing. A simple thing that turns into something magically fun in this marvelous new book by Hervé Tullet.

Tullet combines simple, colorful dots with simple, clear directions for a book bound to lead to interactive fun.

Things to love about this book: (not all of which are the usual sorts of things I talk about in reviews)

1. Its size. It is square (8-3/4" x 8-3/4").

2. Its cover. Its cover is made of good stiff cardboard of the sort used to make board books.

3. Its pages. They...more
Scope
Over time, I’ve prattled on and on about the elements that make for quality kids’ books. Memorable characters, beautiful artwork, compelling plot, and so on and so forth. Today, let’s get more basic than that. What about a book you can hand to almost any kid and it would make them smile? What about a book that will provide some of the most eager page turns you’ve ever seen? Press Here, from the wildly creative French author/illustrator Hervé Tullet, has that ability. Simple in appearance, genius...more
Leslie
Press Here is magical—and a delight for any age. The daughter, who is not only a very cool tween, but a TAG reader of books well-above her age, was seen the other day on the floor of the Library with Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, a rather simple looking pre-school interactive book—at least, that is what I thought when I saw it. We were at the “Lucky Day” shelves of the Juvenile Section. I figured the book had been mistakenly shelved. It may have been, but Natalya was pressing and shaking and blowin...more
Melody
I loved this brilliant little book. It asks the reader to do something to a colored dot (press here, rub gently & etc.) and when the page is turned, it appears that the reader's action has changed the illustration. It's a lovely concept, and moreover, it's just plain fun to do. I have seen toddlers and preschoolers loving it at the library, I've read it with K-3 kids, and just last weekend talked to a 9 year-old who loved it as much as I do. That's not counting the adults I know who have to...more
Paul
Opening the first page, it felt like this was going to be a fun. And it was! Very simple, physically interactive, great use of what appear to be finger paints -- including fingerprints -- in primary colors with a few guided suggestions. It's whimsical and three of us adults passed it around -- almost as much fun to watch someone else turn the pages and experience it/experiment with it. Can't wait for my grandson to discover it at whatever age that happens. PS. I'm back after venturing further in...more
Kelly Maybedog
Brilliantly simple, this interactive book is very simple. The illustrations are pretty much circles in primary colors. But the beauty is that each page has simple instructions such as "stand the book straight up" with the next page containing a reasonable result of such action, in this case all the circles laying on the bottom of the next page. I wish I'd known about this book when my nephew was just a little younger and would have been amazed.

Angela (:
This is like the cutest book ever. I randomly saw this on a shelf next to the YA books at B&N and read it with my younger sister. It's a great book for kids.

I can't get over how cute this is.

IT'S ADORABLE.
Suzan Alteri
What a great interactive board book for children and adults! I can assure you that anyone of ANY age will enjoy this playful book about dots!
Sarah Mayor Cox
Press Here (Allen & Unwin and written by Herve Tullet - who apparently is the yummiest illustrator in Europe on 2 legs - not that I would know 'cos I wasn't at the special Herve dinner party in Bologna, but I was told, many times by many people, mostly middle aged women type people)

My fellow Book Whisperer, Michelle Prawer and I read it over and over again at the Clunes Children’s BookTown tent in May, 2011 and it was a smash hit. Not least because cleverly when you get to the end of the bo...more
Danielle
Opening the pages of Press Here a child enters into an imaginative world filled with dots of all colors and sizes, but it all starts with a simple yellow dot. As pages are turned and actions completed the dots come to life before a child’s eyes. Turn the book, shake the book and even blow on the dots in the book and listen to the laughter poor into your home as children & adults everywhere fall in love with this ingenious little picture book.

Again, as I was with both Dot by Patricia Intriago...more
Jennifer
If all goes well, this book will be destroyed. A tablet in book form, the author encourages readers to blow, tilt, shake, and press a series of dots. Yes, you read that correctly: readers really do simply "press here." They do so with an enthusiasm previously reserved for yelling at Mo Willems' pigeon, and we're not just talking about kid readers here. And lest a reader be careful when shaking a book, the next page tells them to do it again, harder? Have both tape and a relaxed smile close at ha...more
annik
во время похода по книжным магазинам на меня нападает эйфория, и меня часто заносит в отдел детской литературы, вне зависимости от размеров магазина) таким образом я как-то дошла до котовоенов, так что и до совсем детских развивающих книжек добралась. случайно xD
и набрела на эту книжицу, которую не могу не отметить - такая она простая и красочная и почему у меня в детстве таких не было
книга привлекла своей яркой обложкой и большим размером, так что взяли полистать, что же там внутри. первая стра...more
Brian
I admit that I was skeptical when I first read Press Here to my son. And I still don't know if he's "fooled" or just likes doing different things on each page. But either way we both really like reading the book. It's a little long and doesn't work when attention spans are short, but it does have enough different "tasks," that it can be enjoyed multiple times. I also noticed that if he doesn't follow directions exactly right, you can sometimes account for it by skipping pages (without him knowin...more
Angela
A unique, fun, interactive book for toddlers that appeals to parents for it's graphic design and minimalist images. Simple instructions also make this a great choice for preschool teachers looking to work on "following instructions" in a non-didactic, visually engaging format.
Tasha
Press the dot on the cover and launch yourself into a journey where a book responds to your touch without any flaps, popups or electronics. Follow the directions on each page, turn the page and see what happens next! This is a book that is so simple in concept and beautifully executed in design. Readers will enjoy making the dots big by clapping their hands, moving the dots around the page by shaking the book, and turning off the lights by pushing the yellow dots hard. This is a simple, beautifu...more
Asalyn Holliday
This book is awesome. It is great for teaching children to read and follow directions in a creative and fun way. I think this book would also be good for teaching concepts of print.
Allison Parker
The book demands to be touched. Press here, it invites, with the tantalizing image of a yellow dot. As the reader complies and then turns the page, he discovers the previously unknown power he wields over paper and ink: he has single-fingeredly changed the picture. One dot has turned into two. Press it again, and the dots keep responding, multiplying, flying across the pages, delighting any reader who has a mischievious sense of humor and playful suspension of belief. With a cheeky nod to increa...more
Amanda Snow
This one will most likely be in my top-5 favorite picture books of the year. It has everything i look for in an interactive picture book: a fun concept, bright colors, silliness, and short text.

Using a simple yellow dot, the reader is encouraged to follow exact instructions, each of which leads to more fun on the next page. You'll touch the pages, shake the book, tilt the book, all while fun, bright dots explode on the page. Tons of fun for toddlers and great for getting those that still aren't...more
Terri
For this book, I chose to use the following openings: Activating prior knowledge, defining key terms, and making predictions.

Opening

“Today we are going to read the book, Press Here by Herve Tullet. Who can tell me what the word press means? That’s right! The word press means to push. Looking at the cover of this book what do you think the author wants us to press? That’s what I was thinking, too. Let’s all press the yellow dot on the cover of our book together.”

“Now, who can tell me the other t...more
Dolly
Jul 31, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
Shelves: 2013, childrens
This is an entertaining book that is a graphic delight for the eyes. The narrative is very short and direct and children will enjoy following the directions and seeing what happens next. The cause and effect results are wonderful for teaching children and the different images are very creative.

I read this book in a bookstore while waiting for a flight and I enjoyed playing along with the directions, too. Fun for all ages, but toddlers and preschoolers are probably the intended demographic.
Jackie
I saw an ad for this book and went to check it out--and fell completely in love with it. My face nearly cracked because my smile was so big, and I really can not think of this book without smiling yet again. It's all about the power of imagination, and written in a marvelously clever way. This may be a children's book, but based on the half dozen people I grabbed yesterday and had them read the book (it only takes a minute), grown-ups get a lot of pleasure out of it too.
Clio Reads
Warning: This Book Will Entertain Your Toddler MUCH Longer Than It Will Entertain You. We received this as a birthday gift for my one-year-old, but his three-year-old brother likes it better. It's a unique and beautifully simple concept, beginning with a single yellow dot and basic text instructions: "Press here." The child does that, and upon turning the page, sees the effect of his action--one dot becomes two, then three, then they change color, etc.--and each page has new instructions--i.e.,...more
Barbara
Beginning with a single yellow dot, this book walks readers through actions such as pressing, tilting, and clapping that move the dots around. It is highly interactive and calls on readers to use their visual acuity and imagination as they read. It feels as though the author is directly addressing each reader, which will certainly add to its appeal. I loved the splashy colors against the white background as well as the heavy board quality of the cover.
The Library Lady
Here's a book that does what all those crappy apps are supposed to do for kids and it does it without batteries, the Web or anything else but their own hands and imaginations. I can't see using this with a group, but a child in your lap or a child on their own will have a blast with this. Love the board covers and sturdy paper which will keep the toddlers from wrecking it with repeat uses, for repeat uses this will get. Bravo, M.Tullet!
Chris
*This terrific little book put the children in charge of the illustrations. By following the simple directions on each page, children can interact with the book to produce the desired effect. This is a perfect book for introducing kids to the idea of cause and effect. The colors are very simple - just red, blue, yellow, black and white. The illustrations are very minimal, and that is perfect for this book. Very engaging!
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
I've seen Press Here at stores many times and always passed it over in favor of other books. The cover is plain and never drew my interest. One day Kaitlyn and I were in Target, and she asked to look at Press Here. She opened the book up and was so intrigued by the polka dots. I bought it and it's been a daily bedtime read in our house ever since.

Press Here is an interactive book: not in the usual lift-the-flaps sense, but in the sense that it gives directions for the listener to follow. Kaitlyn...more
Tricia
Quite genius, this book. As my rising 2nd grader said when she was reading it aloud---"this book is SO cool". Interactive and quirky, the title may fly with preschoolers but truly will grip early elementary with each page of directions..."press here and turn the page". I'm wondering if anyone has considered a readaloud with this one...may work well with a small group in which all would have a part.
Stephen
Jan 09, 2012 Stephen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: children, humor
Received from my mother as our first children's book for our upcoming child in mid 2012. This smile-inducing picture-book invites people of all ages to press coloured buttons as per the instructions which suggests [SPOILER ALERT] changes to the colour and number of circular-dots [/SPOILER ALERT] from page to page. I intend to play/read this book with my child with our child at every opportunity!
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Hervé Tullet is the creator of more than fifty children’s books, including Press Here, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He loves to provoke surprise with his books, as well as in the dynamic workshops that he takes part in. He lives in Paris and is celebrated internationally for his playful, inventive, and interactive storytelling.
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