Book review: Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Press Here cover

“Press here. That’s right. Just press the yellow dot. And turn the page. The single touch of a finger sparks a whimsical dance of color and motion in this joyful celebration of the power of imagination”

I chanced upon this book while browsing in Amazon for recommended children’s books. Given the glowing 5 star reviews, I figured that this would be a book worth buying. The reviewers were spot on! This book is currently at the top of my children’s favourite books list.

For those who have not heard of the author Hervé Tullet, here’s a short introduction – he’s a french author/illustrator who started off as an art director before he began writing and illustrating books for children. Known as the Prince of Preschool Books in France, he has written multiple award winning children’s books such as Faut Pas Confondre (Should not mix up) and Le Grand Livre du Hasard (The Big Book of Chance).

Press Here was originally written in French, titled simply “Un Livre” (which translates to “A Book” in english). Similarly, in the English version, the cover states “Press Here”, with a yellow dot placed strategically right in the middle of the cover. Boring? Too plain? Well, looks can be deceiving 😉

This simple invitation opens up the magic contained within the covers.

With nothing more than dots in bright primary colours and simple instructions, the author succeeds in creating a true interactive experience for the reader. “Interactive?” You might ask. Well, you have to read it to understand what I mean. 🙂

Here’s a sneak peek:

Press here and turn the page

Press here and turn the page

Great! Now press the yellow dot again

Great! Now press the yellow dot again

When I read it with C (actually, she read it to me), I saw her eyes open wide as we went through the pages. She was completely fascinated by the contents. It was amazing to see a child who was familiar with interactive technology pressing, clapping and blowing along as we flipped the pages (yes, it involves blowing too!). At the end of the book, the only question she asked: “Can we read this again?” This is the only book that has been read ten times in a row in a single sitting.

Highly recommended for all ages. If you are looking for a book that encourages the imagination, this is it! My only grouse is that it is not a board book so I’ve to be extra careful while reading it with G.

Get the book here!=> Press Here

What is the title of your child’s favourite book?

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8 thoughts on “Book review: Press Here by Hervé Tullet

  1. Zee

    At the moment, Aly doesn’t have a favorite book. Basically, she loves any book that features animals! She generally loves her books though. Shall make a mental note to get this for her when she is older.

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      I’ve the book in Chinese too! Haha, I’ve a habit of buying the same books in multiple languages. The concept is so simple yet so engaging right? 🙂

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  2. natasha.k

    What a simple yet whimsical book! I’m so getting this one. Liam loves reading time and we cover about 5-9 books on the average, with his favourite being Dear Zoo and Transport flap books, VHC (especially when I read the last page) and amazingly, a particular chinese book introducing shapes, numbers and parts of the body which I got at a steal for $3 at a prologue sale. I’m so adding this to our list. Look forward to reading more of your book reviews 🙂

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    1. mummyshymz Post author

      I’m so glad that you share the same sentiments about Press Here 🙂
      If Liam liked Dear Zoo, he should like the next book I’m going to introduce 😉

      Reply

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