By Herve Tullet
I saw this book in the ABC store a few months ago when Maggie and I were searching for something fabulous to buy with a gift voucher. Maggie was busy picking other (way less cool) books off the shelf, and I didn't even stop to pick it up! If I'd known then... :)
A few weeks later, Mum showed me the awesome book she'd bought for Ana's birthday. And it completely rocked my world. And I can't believe I didn't stop to pick it up that first time I saw it! So if you're ever in a book store and you see it, pick it up. It had me in stitches the first time I read it!
Not only is 'Press Here' totally fun and mirth-provoking, it's actually really good for teaching children to follow simple instructions, and believe me, children need explicit teaching! I used to tutor primary school children, and have spent hours 1-on-1 with preschool students teaching them how to follow instructions! If I had seen this book back then, I would have bought it. It's actually educationally fantastic (early ages). And it teaches colours (well, 3 of them anyway...) and shapes (well... 1 of them anyway), and counting as well as following instructions! :)
And it's fun! - back to the fun - because I really just love it for that too :) Each page asks you to do something - tap on a particular dot, rub on one, shake it a little, tip it to one side, etc. It's old school interactive. It makes me smile :)
And it has personality...
... isn't it cute?? I highly recommend it :) I really, really love it!! Great from Maggie's age (2) right up till....well, her grandmother was pretty chuffed with it too :)
END OF BOOK REVIEW AND ON A PERSONAL NOTE...
I know, my first Thursday post on a book review.
You may think that's a cop-out. Maaaaybe, I'm overtired, and have baby-brain, and couldn't think of anything fabulously creative to write about?!!
But I also LOVE children's books. Love. Maybe it's the primary school teacher and future teacher librarian in me. Maybe it's the little girl inside me who used to read a book under the table at dinner hoping nobody would notice (they always did, thank goodness, and I learned to converse and eat!). But since I love children's books, I don't think I'll be able to stop myself from sharing some of them with you too. And I promise to only share awesome ones, that you're bound to love too, so you practically can't WAIT for me to review another :)
Happy pressing! ;)