|Mix it up!|
Author: Tullet, Herve
Using no special effects other than the reader's imagination, simple directions lead the reader to experiment with mixing and changing colors on the printed page.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/14)
School Library Journal (07/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/14)
The Hornbook (00/11/14)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/01/2014 Tullet of Press Here (2011) fame returns with another inventive, instinctive, and interactive book that kids will wrangle with for some time. (Don’t worry, the covers are as thick as plywood.) The lesson is an old, typically unexciting one: how primary colors mix to make secondary colors. The approach, though, will tickle anyone who has played with a touch screen device, as Tullet encourages the reader to tap a small daub of paint to get things started, before giving more sophisticated instructions. Essentially, the book is a virtual easel, and Tullet plays—and the spare, conversational text is indeed playful—with concepts of gravity by asking children to “shake the book really hard” or “try tilting the book to the right.” The colors “squish” or “smoosh” together, depending on the action, and the result looks as if transposed directly from Tullet’s own easel. As a practical, hands-on lesson in color combining, it is cogent simplicity itself, making it a must-own for any classroom in which beginning art concepts are taught. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Press Here was a bona fide breakout, and by keeping this book’s look and feel much the same, it’ll be snapped up. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2014 PreS-Gr 1—Following up his ingenious Press Here (Chronicle, 2011), dynamic and innovative author and illustrator Tullet presents another interactive picture book, this time designed to teach children about color. Tullet shows blobs of paint on white pages and asks readers to touch their fingers to each blob to mix and create new colors. Though the book is clearly aimed at young children, even adult readers will admire this gorgeously made volume—and may find it difficult to resist physically shaking and touching the book as per the author's directions. While simple, the book's design is effective and even intricate in the details: spatters of paint adorn the sides and corners of each white spread, adding an authenticity that readers will love. The text is spare yet inviting ("Now try tilting the book to the right. What do you think will happen? Right again!"). Tullet has in the past proven himself a master at playing with the author/reader relationship, through books such as The Eyes Game (Phaidon) and Help! We Need a Title (both 2014, Candlewick), and this imaginative new work is no exception. Rivaling an iPad for its sheer fun and interactive elements, this engaging and inventive title will easily find fans.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.