#129 – Un Livre : Press Here by Herve Tullet

A to Z Challenge Day 21: U


Un Livre is French for Press This, the name of today’s book for review.  Here is what the publisher say, on their web page, about Press This:

Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the page, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next!

Children and adults alike will delight as the   dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!

Press This was originally published in France in 2010.  This is an old-fashioned interactive book: no bells or whistles, taped voices, fancy apps, or CDs included.  I would not expect a movie to be produced, though one can never tell.

Press This encourages children to touch the page and wonder what will happen when the page is turned.

Children are encouraged to press this, clap hands, blow, rub, tilt, and shake then turn the page to find out what happened to the dot(s) after they pressed, clapped, blew, tilted, or shook the page.  Press This is a laughter machine and addictive.  Each page tells the reader what to do next.


Press here and turn the page.

Now tilt the page to the left . . . just to see what happens.

What happens is, your child looks in wonder and then laughs. Most likely you’ll laugh.  Kids will love watching the dot seemingly move and change color or position as they turn the thick, shiny paper.

Where is the story?  The story is the yellow dot’s journey through the pages as your child interacts with the book.  Children need to touch the book; jungle and wiggle the book; shake, rub, and tap the book to move along the yellow dot’s journey.  That’s it.

That is the story of Press This.

Sound odd?

. . . . . . . Yeah,  and . . . 

. . . . . . . . .  Sort of Silly   ?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yeah, and . . .

. . .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Clever and Brilliant?

. . . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . . .  .. . .Yeah, . . .  Absolutely!

Press This is a tactile stimulation book and just as amazing as pop-up books, neither of which can happen on an iPad.  Your child will learn right from left, up from down, turn on and turn off, colors, plus the simple joy of their own magical imagination.

The paper is thick and shiny so the pages will hold up to repeated flipping by tiny fingers.   The cover is made of thick cardboard, making this book sturdy also able to weather repeat readings. This is a book that will last from  one child to the next.   Plus,  Press This is addictive fun.

When the last page reads, Want to do it all over again?  More likely than not, you will hear a resounding

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. “YES!”

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Press Here

Author/Illustrator:  Herve Tullet
Publisher: Chronicle Books    website
Release Date: March 20, 2011
Publisher (France): Bayard Editions 2010
ISBN:  978-0-8118-7954-5
Number of Pages:  56
Ages: 2+

A to Z Challenge Day 21: U


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    • Michelle, welcome!

      I found the book when I was looking through Amazon’s Top Ten Children’s Books for 2011 and thought “come on, no way.” I borrowed it from the library, after waiting a month to get it, and after going following the instructions to the end, my first thought was “Brilliant!” Such a simple concept, yet amazingly effective at keeping a child’s interest.


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