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Press Here by Hervé Tullet
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it was amazing

10 January 2011 PRESS HERE by Herve Tullet, Handprint/Chronicle Books, April 2011, 56p., ISBN: 978-0-8118-7954-5

"PRESS HERE AND TURN THE PAGE"

"GREAT! NOW PRESS THE YELLOW DOT AGAIN"

"PERFECT. RUB THE DOT ON THE LEFT...GENTLY"

I am so jealous! PRESS HERE is so incredibly weird and fun that I want to be the one who gets to share this "interactive" picturebook with storytime audiences full of three- and four-year-olds. I want to be the one who is giving these young kids the chance to take turns coming up and interacting with it. I want to be the one taking credit for instigating the resulting giggles and cheers.

PRESS HERE is interactive in an old-fashioned way. When you PRESS HERE, it is your imagination -- not some function of technological hard- or software that causes the single yellow dot on the cover to multiply into a series of red, yellow, and blue dots that then "move" about the successive pages by having one of the listeners physically interact with the book. On page after page, readers/listeners are instructed to press, rub, and tap the dots; to shake, tilt, blow on, and stand up the book. Such interaction insures that when the page is turned, the colored dots will have slid (through the power of imagination) to the very edge of the page, or have gone into the dark, or have been scattered chaotically across the page. For the climax, listeners are instructed to clap louder and louder and even louder (which causes the dots to swell up to larger and larger and then to truly epic proportions).

"UH-OH, TOO LOUD!

QUICK, PRESS THE WHITE DOT.

BRAVO!

WANT TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN?"

I sure do! And I am sure that young audiences will be demanding a repeat performance.

Like all of you, I long to get books into the hands of young children. PRESS HERE is a book that kids will have their hands all over.

Richie Partington, MLIS
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