Mix It Up
Allen & Unwin, 2014
hbk., 32pp., RRP $A19.99
It was well past bedtime and definitely past “Lights Out!” and “Quieten Down!” and even past “Don’t wake up, Grandad!” But still there were giggles coming from a certain bedroom where Miss 8 and Miss 3 were supposed to be sound asleep, dreaming little girl dreams. So I had to investigate. And there they were, snuggled in together sharing this latest book from the imaginative Hervé Tullet. Miss 8 was reading it and Miss 3 was following the instructions. And both were delighted with the results of their power as they turned the pages.
This book starts with grey, bursts into a rainbow and goes back to grey all from just tapping a dot and using a magic hand that shakes, rattles and rolls. No wonder there were two little girls having so much fun and demanding that the next day was to be a painting day.
The simple concept of Tullet’s books like Press Here, Doodle Cook, Mix It Up, and 10 times 10 (mentioned on many Best-of lists for 2014) and their interactivity make them great learning tools as well as great fun!
Next month Miss 3 will be Miss 4 (already) and I know exactly which author will be among her gifts! If laughter is an indicator of success, Tullet has found the formula and Mix It Up is the best.