Loni Edwards

Illustration and Paintings in Digital, Watercolors and Ink

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.



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  1. Robyn Campbell 02/02/2012

    I saw this book somewhere else in the last week. That must mean it’s a sign that I need to buy it. It sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Joanna Marple 03/02/2012

    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!

    • Loni Edwards 03/02/2012

      Thanks Joanna! Yes, I would have liked something like this when I first started learning. I love hands on learning.

  3. Renee LaTulippe 03/02/2012

    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!

    • Loni Edwards 03/02/2012

      Merci, Renee! They will love it! My 15yo, My husband and I all had fun with this book 🙂

  4. Penny Klostermann 03/02/2012

    I love this book, too! It is so simple and yet so brilliant!

  5. Jennifer Young 03/02/2012

    Omgoodness this book is so cute! Fun fun. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Beth Stilborn 03/02/2012

    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.

    • Loni Edwards 03/02/2012

      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!

  7. Christie Wright Wild 03/02/2012

    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!

  8. Loni Edwards 03/02/2012

    Oh yes, those two are GREAT books! Thanks for the comment, Christie!

  9. Patricia Tilton 03/02/2012

    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.

    • Loni 03/02/2012 — Post Author

      I agree, it does have a Peter H. Reynolds whimsical quality to it! Thanks for you comment!

  10. Gina 03/02/2012

    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.

    • Loni 03/02/2012 — Post Author

      Yes, I could see this being a big hit with little ones! Thanks for the comment, Gina.

  11. Julie Hedlund 03/02/2012

    Love, LOVE this book!

  12. Natalie 03/02/2012

    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!

    • Loni Edwards 04/02/2012

      Yes, it is amazing how clever and simple of an idea it is. Love it! Thanks for the comment!

  13. Margaret 03/02/2012

    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!

    • Loni Edwards 04/02/2012

      Oh it would be the perfect gift! I am not surprised it was sold it. It’s so much fun!

  14. Stacy S. Jensen 03/02/2012

    I believe my giggle guy would like this one. That’s a cute video.

  15. Darshana 03/02/2012

    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!

  16. patientdreamer 03/02/2012

    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.

    • Loni Edwards 04/02/2012

      Thanks for the comment. I was glad to have found that clip. I love the creative book trailers that are coming out!

  17. Vivian Kirkfield 03/02/2012

    Thanks, Loni! Perfect choice from someone who loves color and art! Kids will adore it, I think. 🙂

  18. Kathy Cannon Wiechman 04/02/2012

    I love this book! What a marvelous concept for the very young!

  19. patientdreamer 04/02/2012

    I have popped back to let you know that you have been awarded the Liebster Blog Award. Pop over to my blog to collect it, congrats Loni.

  20. Joanna Marple 04/02/2012

    Lonie, I popped back in to way I have awarded you the Libester Blog Award on my blog today. Glad we have connected 🙂

  21. Erik -This Kid Reviews Books 04/02/2012

    This is a great book! It is a favorite in our house :)I like how the book interacts with you! Good pick!

    • Loni 04/02/2012 — Post Author

      I agree Erik! Thanks for the comment!

  22. Heather 04/02/2012

    I just ordered this one and now I’m really excited to read it!

  23. Susanna Leonard Hill 06/02/2012

    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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