I saw Press Here at TLA and took a picture of it so that I wouldn’t forget to hunt down a copy.
Imagine my joy when it showed up in my mail box the next day (well, actually, a notice from the post office saying there was a package for me and that I owed postage for it showed up in my mail box. It had been sent to my apartment in Massachusetts and so they charged me to forward it on. But that’s more than you really care to know, isn’t it?).
Press Here is the cleverest kind of picture book, the kind that I wouldn’t have been able to resist showing to kids at my libraries last year and the book that would have had kids clamoring to check it out. It’s that fun.
It operates under the illusion that your actions are causing the changes that happen on each page. That’s kind of hard to understand without an image. Let me show you what I mean. . .
Here’s one of the first pages:
So, of course, you press the yellow dot.
And then when you turn the page:
How delighted was I when the page turn made it seem as if my pressing the button had made the second button appear?
As the book goes on, you add more dots, change the colors, tip the book to make all the dots roll to one end of the page, clap your hands to make them get bigger, blow on the page to change the background colors, etc.
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such an interactive book. And it doesn’t have flaps that can be torn off or batteries that run out. I love that it doesn’t rely on any of those things to make it completely engaging.
It’s one of those books where you think, “How did I not come up with this brilliant, but basic concept for a book?”
Sometimes I think that adults are really in love with the idea of books as gifts and some kids are little less excited. This is a book, though, that I think even a reluctant reader would be thrilled by. It’s definitely one I plan to give as a gift over and over again.
Copy received from publisher