In 2011 I found it. It was definitely the most fun book I’ve played with since Tails or Alphabet by Matthew Van Fleet. They had a lot in common too. There’s a reason Matthew Van Fleet’s books are in the Learn and Play section of your local Chapters or Indigo. But there was something special about this book – something MAGICAL!
Now you might think that I’m talking about something with dragons or wizards or fairies. And yes, I love all of those things, but this book is void of that kind of intricacy. The magic is in the simple genius of it, the fact that you, the reader, has the power to alter each page.
If you know of the book, you’ve probably figured it out.
Press Here by Herve Tullet is a game changer. (You can check out the trailer here to see what I mean) The book gives you instructions and “reacts” to your touch. And it’s not the only one! Herve Tullet has just released Mix it Up, an equally amazing picture book. If that isn’t enough for you, the same type of brilliance can be found in Christie Matheson’s Tap the Magic Tree I recently watched a video of a woman reading “Don’t Push The Button” by Bill Cotter and immediately went to amazon to order it. I love that I keep finding more!
Books can be different. Practically digital. Do you know what I mean? The swiping, tapping, shaking all harken back to what many curse as the book killer -the iPad. Maybe some will admit that there is something to learn from technology after all 😉
As a teacher, my mind races to the idea of easily the most enjoyable comprehension test ever made. You do what the book tells you. You know you’re right when a (somewhat) logical result has occurred on the next page.
As a person, I’m intrigued by the magic in the apparent causation and the feeling that I’m in charge of the changes made in the book to some extent.
There’s no doubt that these are game changers. Enjoy the new dimension of literature!