At Your Fingertips: Press Here by Herve' Tullet
PRESS HERE AND TURN THE PAGE.
At a touch of the forefinger and a flip of the sturdy page, the one yellow dot has become two.
Who could stop now?
Another firm press and the two become three. Then a gentle rub on the one on the left and presto! The yellow dot on the left is now a RED dot. Well done! Now, an equally gentle rub on the yellow dot on the right and...it is now BLUE. Three dots, Red, Yellow, Blue, now await the next command.
Five quick taps on the yellow button brings a new vista: three rows of five dots, one yellow, one red, one yellow. one blue. Perfect!
But wait, there's more. Shake the book and you get a random arrangement over a double-page spread. Tilt the book and the dots slide to the top, to the bottom, and from side to side of the two pages. Wipe the page and the following double page is black.
No problem. Press all the dots and the lights come back on. Clap your hands--not too loud!
WHOO-HOO! KEEP CLAPPING!
Herve Tullet's innovative Press Here (Chronicle Books 2011) has snowballed into a runaway best-seller since its publication earlier this year. A deceptively simple-appearing board book with thick bright pages ornamented with a series of almost round dots which take on a life of their own, proving that flat pages which inspire the imagination can be truly interactive, while achieving a conceptual sophistication which teaches both number sets and color along the way. As recent picture books have shown, the genre is far from dead, taking elements freely from electronic media and going them one better! It's not MAGIC. It's a BOOK!
"Without so much as a single tab to pull or flap to turn, this might be the most interactive picture book of the year," said Booklist in its review.
For a glimpse of the magic, see the book's trailer here.