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Say Zoop! Hardcover – 1 Aug 2017
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'Another infectiously joyful romp from the panjandrum of playful pointillism.' --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
'Dots, bubbles and bursts of colour invite the reader to make some noise. Hugely fun and imaginative Tullet's deceptively simple books redefine the term interactive' --The Bookseller
About the Author
Herve Tullet is known for his prodigious versatility, from directing ad campaigns to designing fabric for Hermes. But his real love is working with children, for whom he has published dozens of books, including the NYT bestsellers Press Here, Mix It Up!, and Let s Play!. He lives in Harlem, New York City.
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Oh, and make sure you press those dots hard so you won’t miss any of them. Those dots sure can change from page to page. If you try to put all those “Ohs” together they can make a mighty long line. “Ready for the next step? OK. Life your finger and take a deep breath ... and then let out the longest Ooooooooooooooooooooh! In the whole world!” Aren’t you proud of yourself for finding all kinds of “Ohs” in these pages? Wait just a minute, there’s a different Oh right smack dab in the middle of the page. “Look, there’s a new friend!” Let’s put a finger right on that red Oh, turn the page, and begin a new adventure! Can you keep on turning those pages, follow those directions and make it to the very end?
This is a marvelously fun, mesmerizing book that preschoolers will love. As in many of Hervé Tullet’s books, they are a great way to introduce developmental skills to the youngest “readers.” Learning to think about and follow directions is an important skill, one of the earliest ones they’ll learn. From checking out single, lonesome dots the book gets more complicated as those pages are turned. It’s an interactive book that little ones and adults can enjoy together as they engage in a fabulously fun adventure. The artwork is simple, but the concepts are mega-important. It’s hard to select a favorite illustration in this book, but I think I’ll have to go with the musical staff and those bouncing circles!
Age Level: Preschool to Kindergarten
Press Here (game)
Mix It Up
Art Workshops for Children
This book courtesy of the publisher.
This book is just tons of fun and is a great choice for lap sharing. The youngest of readers will delight in making the different sounds, marking this as a fun first step for young readers just learning to control their own vocalizations. Older readers will have fun with it as well as the dots encourage them to vary volume and sound by singing and having "conversations". The bright colors and stark white backgrounds make the design visually engaging, and the heavy board covers and thick glossy pages ensure that this book will last through many repeat reads. I'm not sure about attempting this with a group as there are many pages where dots must be pressed and tapped, forming that much needed tactile connection. Still, I have visions of an entire group of preschoolers having conversations in "ohs" and "ahs" and can't help but believe this might just result in an incredibly raucous story time! Maybe with a few adjustments.....
Say Zoop is another fantastic offering from this author and an enthusiastic recommend. If I can find one fault, it would be that it goes on just a bit too long, and stretches things out just a bit too far. Still, it's a fun purchase for any little one ages 1 year and up.
*This book received from publisher for review purposes.
Many of the scenes encourage the child to make sounds, or even invent their own sounds. My favorite page is the illustration of the red and blue robot dots: "Now in your best Robot Voice: OHOHAHAHAHAHOHAH!"
The front and rear covers of SAY ZOOP! are heavy and shiny. The pages are somewhat thick, and are laminated. The inside pages are filled with a giant collage of dots.
This book was originally published in France as, "Oh! Le Livre Qui Fait Des Sons." ("Oh! the Book that Makes Sounds.") It seems like the French title actually better matches the book contents, which is all about "OH'S." One idea: Wouldn't it be fun to have both the French and English versions on hand? Maybe for learning French?
All in all, a fun, entertaining book. The artwork is simple but cute. The text is equally cute. I thought the best feature was the way the "OH's" encourage the child to get involved in tracing, touching, shouting, etc.
Don't miss the pages where you take the "Oh's" for a walk, but "Be careful, there are lots of ups and downs." (Illustration shows the dots lined up, hiking over impossibly steep peaks.)
Advance Review Copy courtesy of Chronicle Books.
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