Perfect Picture Book Friday – Press Here

I have chosen the delightful picture book, Press Here by Hervé Tullet as my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday.



TitlePress Here                             

Written & Illustrated:  Hervé Tullet

Publisher: Chronicle Books, LLC 2011 

Originally Published:  Bayard Editions 2010 under the title Un Livre

Age Range – 2 and up.

Themes: cause & effect, color, imagination, fun, educational, creativity

Opening & Synopsis: 

Press here and turn the page.

Great! Now Press the yellow dot again.


The back of the book states:

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 the imagination.



This book is great for teaching children left and right and the primary colors.

Chronicle Books has some fun activities to download.

Creating your own book with dots.

Painting dots on paper.

Playing the children’s game:  Simon Says.

Why I like this book: Press Here was so much fun!  It will make even the grumpiest of grumps smile 🙂  The idea is simple. This is the type of book that small children love.  It gives them a chance to interact and also shows them a direct reaction. It will have the reader in giggles by the end.  And then they will want to do it all over again! I would love to own the French version of this book.  I think it would be a useful tool in teaching beginning French.



Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.



41 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday – Press Here

  1. I think this book is fabulous, Loni, and I have seen kids stay amused again and again, playing with this book, even when they know what is coming. I think you are right about using the French version for beginners French!

  2. I am completely, madly, head-over-heels in love with this book and I don’t even own it yet. I’ve been holding off until my boys are a bit older, but I bet they’d enjoy it now. Placing the order! I just think it’s genius, and I love the idea of getting it in French…Thanks, Loni!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this book. I stood in the bookstore, pressing the dots and doing all the things the pages told me, not caring who might see me! I’m so glad you highlighted this one today.

    • Haha! We were just giggling when we were doing it here at home. How fun it would’ve been to be in a bookstore! Love it! Thanks for the comment, Beth!

  4. I’ve read this one. It is indeed very fun and creative. Reminds me a bit of Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni, but in a futuristic way (and combined with There’s a Monster at the End of This Book. My kids loved Press Here!

  5. I’m glad you selected this book Loni. It is very creative — reminds me a bit of Peter Reynolds. I love interactive books for kids — especially ones they want to read again and again. Will have to check it out.

  6. This book is well-loved in our house. It’s particularly good for small children who might have a hard time sitting still for a storybook. It’s so interactive, physical, and engaging.

  7. I have been wanting to get my hands on this book for a while, as I know my boys would love it!

    How clever! These writers are so darn clever these days! How do they ever think of these things?

    I am always amazed!

  8. I wanted to get this book for my kids for Christmas — but it was sold out everywhere — locally and even online! Thanks for the reminder that I need to get this book!

  9. My girls and I just love this book. Such a simple book, but so much fun. I remember the first time I saw it at the bookstore, I started touching the dots and following the instructions too. There is just something about it.

    Great Choice!

  10. I loved this. I don’t know about the kids but I certainly would have enjoyed playing with it. Loved the video clip you provided to. It looks very addictive….lol. Great choice of book.

  11. I have seen this book on so many blogs. Everyone loves it. And can you believe I have yet to read it? So thank you so much for adding it to our list! I clearly have to get around to this one 🙂 I like the whole interactive idea. (Sorry to be arriving and commenting 3 days late!)

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