Press Here

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Delightful, interactive fun -- no batteries required!

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

The book’s simple instructions give kids plenty to practice: identifying left and right, counting up to five, recognizing patterns, and following instructions such as gently, quickly, a little, and so on.

Positive Messages

Readers are cheerfully encouraged to manipulate the dots on each page, and their efforts are met with awe, applause, and joy -- it's a celebration of experimentation.

Positive Role Models & Representations
Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this seemingly simple book is surprisingly rich, offering a wealth of opportunities for to reinforce basic concepts in math and art -- and plenty of fun for both kids and grownups. In an age of technological wizardry, this book shows how much fun you can have with paper, paint, and a little imagination.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byggrossman January 11, 2012

A family book

This book is tons of fun for kids of all ages. The youngest children practice their colors and numbers, and older children understand the satire of the app-like... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 23, 2019

What is good about "Press Here"

"Press Here" interacts with children as small as the age of 4. Personaly, I do not think that toddlers from 2-3 years old can undestand the meaning of... Continue reading

What's the story?

PRESS HERE opens with a yellow dot and instructions to press the dot and turn the page. Now there are two dots. Press again, and there are three! As readers are prompted to press dots, tilt and shake the book, blow on the pages, and clap their hands, the dots multiply, change colors, swirl, and expand. The pace quickens and the excitement builds until it’s time to bring it all back to that simple yellow dot -- and then play again.

Is it any good?

As more and more books really do require batteries, this fresh book is a magical gem. A giddy read-along of this deceptively simple book will make those flashy phone and iPad apps seem a lot less charming.

Artist Hervé Tullet uses a palette of primary colors and a bold brush. He cheerfully encourages readers to play along, sharing their surprise and delight as the dots morph from page to page. Tech-savvy kids and their parents will delight in the silliness. It's a wonderful read-along for preschoolers, with opportunities to reinforce counting, patterns, and following instructions. And like the best apps, it's a game the family will love to play again and again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the dots change throughout the book. Ask your child what she thinks might happen on the next page. Count the dots on each page. Look for patterns (and, at one point in the book, a teasing disruption to the pattern). As the dots merge, talk about the new colors they create.

  • Kids can try making their own version of the book. Provide a sheet or two of paper and crayons or a dot paint marker. Encourage your child to make up a cause-and-effect page for you to try.

  • Explore color combinations, make a mini book, and explore more if-then possibilities with free activity sheets from Chronicle Books’ "Press Here" website.

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