The books I want to share with you today are by a French author, Herve Tullet and they are awesome. The first book I bought by Herve Tullet was actually at a bookshop (rare for me!) when we were holidaying in New Zealand last year. Herve Tullet takes interactive picture books to a whole new level – much more than a lift-the-flap, touch-and-feel or pop-up variety, Press Here is a super clever interactive picture book where the children are specific directions to follow, and the book responds with the turn of a page.
My kids haven’t tired of this book and it has been read over and over again for the last year. From the first page the children are given specific directions like “Press the yellow dot and turn the page” and “clap your hands twice” – every time a page is turned, the dots change position, colour and size. Sometimes the lights are turned out and other times dots grow and grow and grow. It really is an amazing book where the kids feel in control and a little bit magical.
I also love that this book helps young children with fine motor skills, counting, learning directions (left, right, up, down) and they also learn how to follow instructions in anticipation of what will happen when the page is turned. It’s such a great concept and the story never gets old.
After the success of “Press Here” I went on a hunt for other books by Herve Tullet. The next book we bought was “The Book With A Hole.”
This book is huge and not so much a story to follow, but a platform for imaginative story telling, art adventures and play.
Sometimes the children are asked to take an imaginary dab of paint from one colour and rub it on another…
Other times they shut the pages of the book together and squish colours together, when the page is turned the mixed colour appears – magic again! Like “Press Here”, “Mix It Up” is read over and over again and is great for learning colours and learning what colours are made when mixed together.
“The Game Of Finger Worms” is another book with a hole, this book is a board book so suited to babies and toddlers and you are instructed to draw a little face on the tip of your finger before playing.
The text is very simple, the highlight is the surprise of popping your finger through the hole and wriggling it around. It always creates laughter with the little ones and they like to poke their fingers through the holes too.
And the final Herve Tullet book in our collection is “The Game Of Let’s Go!” Similar to “The Game Of Finger Worms,” this is another board book aimed at small children. To be honest, we haven’t really got into this book like we have the others but if you have a very imaginative child (or adult) who is into telling stories in your family, then I can see how it would be a lot of fun.
I think you can tell we are huge Herve Tullet fans around here, and if you are looking for a new, special picture book for some littlies in your life, then I highly recommend his collections!
(I wrote this post because I wanted to – nothing sponsored and no one gave me anything, I just think this guy is pretty awesome!)