Thu 29 Mar 2012
But today’s guest reviewer, Will, might win the prize for being the most excited.
He started talking to me about Herve Tullet’s Press Here (Chronicle, 2011) before we’d even sat down.
“This is a neat book,” he told me as we walked down the hall. “It has, like, actions.”
It does, indeed.
At first, the book looks deceptively simple. It’s white with dots. But, as Will shows, that’s more than enough to engage a reader. Readers press, shake, clap and push their way through the book. After each action, they turn the page and see what the dots have done.
And it holds up to multiple readings. Will read the book to me, and even though he’d done it all before, he was happy to do it again.
So pause here.
And then, read what else Will had to say about this book.
Our reviewer: Will
Things I like to do: Art and video games. Sometimes, I play with my brother.
This book was about: It’s funny. It’s sort of an activity book. It isn’t boring. You can do it over and over again. I liked that the book seemed like it was talking to you. In that way, it reminded me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
The best part was: It reminds me of dancing. Especially when you had to push really hard and shake the book. My favorite part was the clapping.
I smiled when: It says to try it again at the end of the book. I said, “Maybe.”
I was surprised when: The pages went black and the dots got so big.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Funny.” “Active.” “Surprising.”
My favorite line or phrase in the book is: “That’s enough.”
Other kids reading this book should watch for: The funny sentences. The surprising things that happen. The dots can really do stuff.
You should read this book because: You don’t know what’s going to happen next. It’s a seriously good book.
If you’d like to see the book in action, watch this book trailer.
You also can read this interview with Herve Tullet.