From the creator of Press Here comes a joyful exploration of colour that will enchant young and old.
Herve Tullet was born in 1958. After completing his studies in Visual Arts and Fine Arts, he held the position of Artistic Director for ten years (1981-1992). He then worked in communication and advertising. In 1990, he produced his first illustrations for the French press and abroad (Elle, Le Monde, Liberation, Enfants Magazine, etc.) and in 1994 published his first children's book. Since then he's devoted himself to illustrating and painting. A great lover of children's literature, he is father to two young sons and one daughter, who never fail to inspire him.
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. Even though Miss 3 had been off-colour this was enough to perk her up. 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.
Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, Cooma NSW