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Friday, February 26, 2016

Herve Tullet Book Review {+ Giveaway}

Growing up I loved reading and I now love cracking open the pages of a book with my own kids. Story time is something we try to make time for everyday and it's fun revisiting favourites from when I was a kid and finding new books to love, like these ones by Herve Tullet. In the next few months I'll be teaming up with Raincoast Books to share about some great titles to add to your little one's library, with a few contests for you to have the chance to win some of the books featured. The first books that I'm sharing about are 3 that  make reading fun and interactive, encouraging young readers to not just read or listen to the words, but to participate in what's written on the pages, Let's Play, Mix It Up, and Press Here.  If you're looking for some fun new books to add to your collection, see below to learn a little more about these great titles and how you can enter to win all 3 for your little one.

I want to start ff by saying that when a package arrives in the mail, Ari gets excited. Really excited. Even if it's not for her. But in this case it was, and when she saw that there were books inside, her eyes lit up. I couldn't wait to read these books with her and we have such a blast when we do- there's laughing and clapping, and bouncing, and excitement as we turn each page. Reading can be a quiet and calm activity, but it can also be a lot of fun and an opportunity for learning and to encourage participation. These books do just that and I hope you'll check them out (you can also enter to win all 3 at the end of this post!). Here's a little bit about each book...

Press Here- I heard about this book some time ago and remember it standing out among others  at the store. Like the title suggests, you begin by pressing here and following funny instructions to make coloured dots do different things by pressing on them, tilting the book, and clapping, among other things. It's a fun way to teach kids how to follow instructions, learn about colours, and differentiate between left and right without it feeling too formal or instructive. 

Mix It Up- If you can't guess by the cover and title, this book's all about colour and what happens when you do different things to them, like adding black or white, or combining two colours to get another. Readers tilt the pages, close the book, and touch different colours to transform them. Like Press Here it's a fun and natural way for your kids to learn something without it feeling forced.  

Let's Play- By the time we got to this book, we had a pretty good idea of what we'd be in for- fun! This book begins with a yellow dot (is it the same one from Press Here?) talking to it's young readers: 'Hey there! I'm getting pretty bored in here. Wanna play?'. And so the story/ adventure begins. Like the other two books, there are fun instructions to follow, but we really didn't know what to expect as we turned each page, which made it fun for me as well. Like his other books, Tullet gets his young readers involved, and what's kind of amazing about Let's Play is that the whole story is based around a yellow dot and a thin black line. I'll leave it there so I don't spoil it for you.

What I love most about these books is how fun they are- both for kids and adults. Ari has the biggest smile on her face when we read them, and the laughs are contagious. The bright colours make these books eye- catching and appealing to read, with the interactive pages making readers part of the story. Herve Tullet has a unique style of storytelling and his books are a fun way to mix up story time and make it more interactive. These books are light- hearted and funny and silly, with the added bonus of making learning fun (see below for the finger painting fun inspired by Mix It Up). We love them and I think you will too. They're available at Indigo or see the end of this post for your chance to win all 3!

A big thank you to Raincoast Books for these 3 great books to add to our collection. To see other current and upcoming titles available through Raincoast books, visit their website.
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Herve Tullet is an award- winning author and illustrator, who has received international acclaim. His unique artwork guides children through his books, bringing them into the story and encouraging interaction. Press Here is an international best- seller and is available in 25 different languages.

There will be 3 chances to win with Raincoast Books, see below for your other chances to win!
Part 2: #PlayTestShare (Contest now closed)
Part 3: The Little Prince (Contest now closed)

Open to Canadian residents only. Must be 18+ to enter.
Deadline to enter for the Herve Tullet Books is March 11

CONTESTS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered. 
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