Book of the Week: Press Here by Herve Tullet

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“Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!”

Press Here is one of the funnest books I’ve ever read. It’s imaginative and playful in a way that makes it just as fun for us grown-ups to read as it is for kids to follow the instructions on each page. It’s great for readers who don’t mind a bit of theatrics.

This week’s project is (What else?) Dot Art! There are literally so many ways to do this, but I decided to show you a great tutorial I found here that shows how to make your very own Press Here book, designed by you! So scroll down…slowly…for instructions.

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Project: DIY Press Here Booklet

This is easy to make and oh so fun! Great for older kids with good imaginations.

Materials:

  • Colored construction paper
  • White paper
  • Color Code labels (you can find these at any office supply store)
  • Stapler
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

Steps:

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1. Cut all the paper pages in half, taco-style.

2. Draw a title on one of the construction paper halves to create a cover page.

3. Stack paper halves in order shown: cover page with title, white pages, back cover page.

4. Staple together to create a booklet.IMG_7860-1024x768

5. Add a yellow dot to the cover (optional).

6. Create away!

In the tutorial, they start with a yellow dot and with a “Press here,” a pattern starts to emerge. it’s shaken up and re-arranged, and ends up back at the yellow dot. Let kids’ imaginations go wild for this one and be on hand to help with instruction-writing!

Example:

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Photo Credit: http://www.sturdyforcommonthings.com/2012/09/miss-beccas-storytime-mixer-2/

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