Allen & Unwin, 2010
hbk., 56pp., RRP $A19.99
In the spirit of Harold and the Purple Crayon, this book by Frenchman Hervé Tullet is so simple in concept yet so engaging in practice. Speaking directly to the reader, Tullet encourages the very young reader to “press here” on the yellow dot and then rub, tap and shake their way through the book. Using nothing more than coloured dots, every action causes a reaction on the next page, one that is almost magical in its manifestation. This is interactivity through imagination –no bells, whistles, electronics, sound effects or other whizzbangery. It’s fabulous for getting little ones to follow instructions and talk about what happens when they do – perhaps the beginning of understanding cause and effect.
Even though this is a 2010 publication, it is well worth seeking it out as Tullet has a new one called Mix It Up which explores colour and which is already featuring on many most-popular charts.