A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Explores emotions including joy, playfulness, anger, sadness, and comfort through shape, color, and sound. Incorporates counting and rhythm. Inspires creative thinking and imaginative perspectives.
Open-ended imaginative exploration takes you on an always interesting creative journey. Tapping your creativity can be a solo or collaborative endeavor. Trying something yourself is a good way to find out what might happen next. When friends don't get along, you can help them make peace.
Positive Role Models
The narrative voice is a gentle partner, guiding readers with simple instructions. When the dots start arguing in an angry splash of color, the narrator prompts readers to help them make up: "Everything's OK again. Oh, good."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hervé Tullet (Press Here) gives fresh life to his playful, brightly colored dots in Say Zoop!, a highly interactive book that encourages readers to experiment with sound as they explore color, rhythm, patterns, emotions, and more. Invitations to press, shake, whisper, roar, and sing erase the boundary between books and games. It's tremendously fun to enjoy together, but far too energetic for bedtime! Simple prompts guide readers through the book, leaving plenty of room for grown-ups and children to extend the experience with their own ideas.
Is It Any Good?
Creative wizard Hervé Tullet makes read-aloud magic again, this time giving his playful primary-colored dots voices in an energetic, noisy picture book that turns story time into play time. A welcome change from animal-sound books, Say Zoop! feels like improvisational jazz as it encourages readers to draw connections between images, sound, and emotion and visualize rhythm as it builds to a swirling crescendo.
As with all of Tullet's books (such as Let's Play!), there's abundant opportunity for adults to extend activities with counting, patterns, color combinations, and more. It's high-energy and inspiring fun for all ages.
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