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Tap to Play!

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Tap to play!

Blip has to reach the bar to win his game--but he needs your help. If he wins, he gets a surprise!

Bounce Blip, shake Blip, tilt him and tickle him!

Help Blip win the game in this spirited interactive picture book, perfect for reading--and playing--again and again!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
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Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Salina Yoon is so fabulous, I'm disappointed she jumped on the trend of ripping off Press Here. I understand that this type of book is now a thing, like seek-and-find books, and soon they might even have their own designation...but right now it just smacks of copy-catism. ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
Another Press Here rip-off that has none of the novelty or originality of the first. ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute, but it is a rip-off of Press Here. It is really, really close to it, and I am not exactly sure how the author got away with it.
Naomi Ruth
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was fun! It reminded me of Herve Tulle's books and Tap the Magic Tree. ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: interactive, k-2nd
Age: K-2nd grade

To repeat the masses, I love Salina Yoon but this book fell way flat with no originality. It didn't feel like the red dot had any character so I didn't care about getting it to where it wanted to go. The disappearing bar was also a little weird. I believe it was trying to imitate video games but missed the mark. Seek out other interactive books and pass this one.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Everyone seems to be jumping on the interactive book bandwagon after the success of Press Here. While this is a fun little book it doesn't quite have the charm and uniqueness of the original. ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Very similar to Press Here by Tullet, but written in first person (we're helping a red dot win a game, and therefore, a surprise). Silly and fun - but I prefer Press Here. ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Really disappointed in this one. The illustrations are cute enough but, the story is not really engaging. Just ok.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
VERY clever in its approach to treating a physical book like a game. One of Yoon's other books "Do Cows Meow?" was our kid's first favorite book so it's nice to check out something else she's done. I mean, you can see why people would get upset equating kids' books with video games but it's also not like parents can prevent their kids from getting interested in video games forever either, so calm down already. ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My son was busting out laughing while reading this book. You have to help Blip get to the top bar on the other side of the page and so Blip asks the reader to shake and flip the book in all sorts of ways, the only things is, we are making him dizzy. Each page is full of something new and waiting to see what will happen next is part of the excitement. Its a very fun book to read and play with.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
I like how the book is interactive but I feel as if other books (like The Monster at the End of the Book) do a better job than this one with the same concept. The ending also didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the book. ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to read this as a read-aloud to a group ASAP. Such a fun book!
Erica Flory
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was okay but not as enjoyable as similar books like "Press Here" and its sequels. ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really fun interactive book!! My boys loved playing it while reading!
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Another reader-participation book, with a.... sort of new take?
It just really didn't do much for me. This one has too much tilting and shaking and is really just for one person.
Erin Buhr
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Playful. Fans of PRESS HERE will love this interactive book.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Cute illustrations, but the interactive premise has been done better before.
Alicia Evans
For: readers looking for an interactive book.

Possible red flags: characters in distress.
Banner Rodgers
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A fun interactive book.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Based on the Blip from Wreck it Ralph he has the reader help him beat the game. As the reader you interact with the book to help Blip. Fun way to get kids actively involved in their reading.
Margaret Chind
Very funny and interactive! I read an advanced opt and these pages are fairly durable pages, I assume the finished book will be very durable to last the shaking, tilting, and tapping also. From the way I enjoyed The Monster at the End of this Book - I have high hopes for little people responses to this one. Definitely going to be fun...

Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Concepts / General
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 40 Hardcover 8.5x8.5"
Date Published: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Amy Rae
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
It's interesting that Tap to Play! overtly presents the book as a video game of sorts, a comparison that interactive books invite but don't usually acknowledge in the text. Other than that, it's standard interactive-book stuff: tap, blow, shake, speak, and so on. I'm sure this one's fun to read aloud with little kids, but it feels trend-chasing, similar to Patrick McDonnell's A Perfectly Messed-Up Story. ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
I was disappointed in this book. Both of my daughters had the same reaction to this book that I did. We wanted it to have a super cute ending that would make the book enjoyable. The one good thing I do have to say is that the copy we read has very durable pages! I absolutely hate when interactive picture books for children have cheap and thin pages that will rip the first time a kid flips a flap or whatnot! They all need pages just like the ones in this book.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
My 8-year-old loves the book "Press Here" by Herve Tullet but didn't bother to finish "Tap to Play!". Even at his age he could tell this book was a knock off but he asked me why this one was so boring. One part says to turn the book over so we expected the next page would have the words upside down but it didn't. It doesn't tell you the bar is counting down so your child has to be smart enough to figure that out. Very disappointing book. ...more
Michaela Baillie
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love this book. It is a very simple book about a game. The reader has to move the book around the ways Blip says in order to get him on the bar to get the surprise. This is probably a book I would always have on hand even though it has very simple wording, it is fun for everyone. It is interactive and fun for kids and a good way to get students who don't necessarily like reading to have fun with a book. ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Obviously this book is going to draw a lot of comparisons to "Press Here". However, I actually liked this one more. The character is cute and there is a bit of a storyline which is always nice in a book. Regardless of any similarities to other books, "Tap to Play" will be a fun book to read with toddlers. ...more
Katie Hall
Oct 31, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: picture-books, top-20
Title: Tap to Play
Author: Salina Yoon
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date: October 7, 2014
Genre: Fiction
This book would be a great book for beginning readers. This book helps the reader be active and involved in the book. Not a book I would use for read aloud, but would highly recommend for a student who is just learning to read.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read this book by the author recommended by T. Lazar. I had heard about from her new book and wanted to see this one. She is the author/illustrator and this one is like playing a video game so will appeal to kids up to age 8 or 10. The book asks the reader to follow his prompts to make things happen. Very clever ideas.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
As many others have said, this book is pretty much a blatant ripoff of Press Here by Herve Tullet. We typically like Salina Yoon's creativity, but this book lacks originality and I can't overlook that, cute illustrations notwithstanding. ...more
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Salina Yoon is an award-winning author/illustrator of over 150 books for children, including Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on Vacation, Penguin in Love, Penguin and Pumpkin, Penguin's Big Adventure, Found, and Stormy Night.

Her latest book, Be a Friend, was a Winter 2015-2016 Kids' Indie Next Pick. Among her other awards are a Scholastic Teachers Top 10 Picture Book for Penguin's Big Adventure, an

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