Continuing here with the permeable fourth wall, I'm having a hard time deciding how I feel about
Press Here by Herve Tullet. It's a large-format, sturdy-paged book with lots of dots in it. It starts with one yellow dot and the words, "Press here and turn the page." Two dots appear on the next page, and the reader is encouraged to press a dot again. A third dot appears. One page instructs the reader to tilt the book to the left, and all the dots (there are more by now) end up on the far left side of the page. Then the book holder straightens it out:
|Perfect! ... Now press hard on all the dots. Really hard.|
|Not bad. Shake them up a little.|
|Pretty, isn't it? Try blowing on them ... to get rid of the black.|
|Hmmmm. Maybe a bit harder?|
One of my colleagues has a three year-old who loves this book. Like Eleanor and Isabel with the cats, he knows it's not real, and he gets that it's a joke. I think there's also something satisfyingly tactile about being instructed to put your hands all over a book. So sometimes I think, this is cool three year-old humor. Yet at other times it feels a little too cute, a little too much like a kids' book that's angling for a museum shop to sell it. Too self-conscious, maybe. What do your girls think of this one?
I have no problems with the hilariously self-conscious
We Are in a Book! by the prolific Mo Willems. This one's my favorite Elephant & Piggie book. The two characters start out sitting back-to-back.
So Piggie gets up and takes a look:"Piggie!""Yes, Gerald?""I think someone is looking at us."
After some consideration, they agree that "A reader is reading us," leading them to the joyous realization: "We are in a book!"
Piggie gets a crafty look in her eye and says, "I can make the reader say a word," and demonstrates:
Gerald, as is his wont, gets more and more upset:
The solution, of course, is to send the reader back to the beginning, to "read us again."This book is going too fast!I have more to give!More words!More jokes!More 'bananas"!
I'm so fond of E&P, and to have them speaking directly to me -- knowing I'm there -- it's a treat.