Herve Tullet is one of the most innovative picture book authors around today. I look forward to his books to see what he will come up with. This year, we have two new books by him.
Help! We Need a Title! by Herve Tullet
This first book is not quite ready to be read yet. In fact, the characters inside are still getting ready. There isn’t really a story, though they are looking for one. And the characters themselves are rough sketches rather than lovely images. In fact, the entire inside of the book is a mess. Perhaps if we found an author? But even that doesn’t help much, especially when the characters are disappointed in the story he creates for them. Yet in the end, it is a book, with a story, some funny moments, and it even manages to tell readers how a book is created and what its elements are.
Quite clever, once you get past the rough illustrations and embrace them as part of the concept. Tullet himself appears in the book, his photographed head and shoulders plunked onto a drawn body. The entire book feel unfinished, but that’s exactly the way it’s supposed to feel. This is a clever way to introduce young children to authors, writing, and how stories are crafted.
Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet
Released September 16, 2014.
Following his clever Press Here, this book invites readers to touch the pages once again. Except in this book, readers are mixing colors, mashing things together, combining things, and having a marvelous messy time. Tullet excels at creating books that are immensely participatory despite having no flaps or pop ups. It’s all in the readers’ imaginations and that’s such a wonderful thing.
I consider this one of the best picture books about color that I have ever seen. Thanks to the feel of mixing the paints yourself, readers are left with a deeper understanding of color. They will get to add white to colors and see what happens, and black as well. They create secondary colors from primary ones and leave their own hands on the page too. Clever, interactive and wildly imaginative, this is another winner from Tullet.
Both books are appropriate for ages 3-5 and both will be embraced by readers of all ages.