Tap! Tap! Tap!
A & U Children, 2023
64pp., hbk., RRP $A27.99
When you see Hervé Tullet’s name on a book cover, you know the littlest readers in your life are about to have an interactive, imaginary treat! The author of Press Here, Mix it Up , Let’s Play, and Play This Book is back with another invitation for little hands to follow the instructions and delight in the movements they can make as it weaves in and out and around and over coloured dots, circles and lines..
“Ready? Place your hand here. Close your eyes. Concentrate. Hit it! Three times: Tap! Tap! Tap!”
As with the others, Tullet speaks directly to the reader encouraging them to follow instructions and talk about what happens when they do They are in charge of their fingers so they are empowered to follow (or not) consolidating that vital message that reading is fun and can be done by anyone, while developing those essential fine motor skills and instilling the left-to-right nature of reading as a natural direction.
Full of whimsy and fun, this is one that should be in any preschooler’s realm. They will be reading it for themselves in no time at all, strengthening their belief that they, too, can be readers.