Coming at you now is a book that’s been trendy for readers ages 2 and up for more than 2 years now, according to the New York Times children’s picture books best sellers list: Press Here by Hervé Tullet! It’s received a 4.8/5 star rating from over 500 Amazon reviewers, along with rave reviews from sources such as Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the School Library Journal. So, what exactly makes it so captivating?
It’s because you are the driver here. You are the one that causes this book to move, shake, and surprise!
Look at what happens between these two spreads:
To a child as young as 2, what really happened here? Was it my doing? Wow!
To a group of college students who all got to participate in manipulating one spread, we knew what was happening, but still were totally charmed and brightened by the delightfully simple and colorful concept that this book focuses on.
I think, though, that anyone who’s old enough or is capable of enacting gross motor actions (or watching someone else, perhaps the reader, do it if a handicap is the barrier), will feel a sense of fun from watching the book change with the movements. It’s got universal potential!
If you’re charmed by the concept of the book, watch its YouTube book trailer – you’ll get a smile out of young kids reading it and watching the magic of their imaginations, as the end of the trailer quotes: “It’s not magic… it’s the power of your imagination!”