Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book #109: Press Here by Herve Tullet

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Beginning with a small yellow circle, this book takes the reader on an interactive journey. Press the dot and turn the page and now there are two yellow dots. Gently rub the left dot and turn the page and now the dot is red. As you progress there are more instructions and more dots, red, yellow, and blue. The dots multiply, increase in size, and dance around the pages. The last page brings you back to one yellow dot and urges you to start all over again.

The text in the book speaks directly to the reader giving instructions and encouragement. The illustrations are simple, primary colors painted on a clean white background. The strategically placed page turns are the magic design element. Each instruction is followed by a page turn and even adults will be curious to see what their actions have done to the dots.

If you’re reading this to a group make sure you give each child a chance to directly interact with the book. Some instructions, like clapping, can be done by the entire group, but others are easier for one child to perform, such as shaking the book. Ask the kids what they think will happen when they press the yellow dot on the first page. Based on that outcome, what do they think will happen when they press the yellow dot again?  

Have kids create their own interactive books. Start by brainstorming other things that could happen to the dots. What if you gave the dots personalities? What if they were squares instead of dots? Tullet only uses three colors for his dots, what if you add more colors? Older kids will be able to create books of their own, while younger kids may need to create one book as a group.  

You can also create some collage art with colorful dot stickers. You can get a multi-pack at your nearby office store in opaque or transparent. Get the removable ones, just in case they end up in places they shouldn’t be.

I also love the suggestions on Crayon Freckles' blog to have kids recreate the patterns in the book using primary colored pom-poms or shapes. The blog also features suggestions for making tissue paper sun catchers and using bingo markers to create artwork.

Chronicle Books has a wonderful book trailer if you want to see the book in action, as well as a downloadable activities PDF.


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