Herve Tullet Press Here

Last updated date: June 28, 2019

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We looked at the top 1 Picture Books and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Good Reads, Common Sense Media, Kirkus Reviews, Kid's Book Review, The Library Adventure, Everyday Mamas, 100 Scope Notes, Curled Up Kids, BCPL and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Picture Book you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 86 expert reviews, the Herve Tullet Herve Tullet Press Here placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Picture Book for a detailed review of all the top picture books.

Expert Summarized Score
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
2,225 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Children and parents keen to explore technological interactivity will delight in recalling the infinite possibilities of the picture book.
- Kirkus Reviews
April 4, 2011 | Full review
You're hooked on turning to the next page and diving into this utterly simple yet utterly breathtaking book. With snow white pages and a serious of coloured dots, kids are invited to push, tap and rub dots gently, then to do so in quick succession and with numbered taps.
- Kid's Book Review
April 2, 2011 | Full review
What makes Press Here so special is it’s simplicity. The book is full of dots. Red, yellow, and blue. Each page you the reader are given instructions like “press the yellow dot” or “shake the book once”…when you turn the page, it appears like you DID something to the dot. Putting this in the hands of a child is like magic.
- The Library Adventure
June 11, 2014 | Full review
The magic of Press Here is that the book is incredibly simple, but unbelievably fun and unique. Kids love it because they are in control and their actions propel the book forward.
- Everyday Mamas
The design of the book is also memorable.
- 100 Scope Notes
March 22, 2011 | Full review
Press Here grabs the reader’s attention from page one, making you anticipate the turn of every page. The instructions are written as if the author is speaking directly to us.
- Curled Up Kids
This book was a bunch of fun….each page brought a new action with surprising and delightful results. The bright, primary colors could be used to aid in teaching little ones colors as well as the concept of size, numbers, counting, and a host of other concepts.
What experts didn't like
Better read one-on-one to avoid the crush of excited participants
- Kirkus Reviews
April 4, 2011 | Full review
This book is rated for a 1st grade reader and it probably wouldn’t be as loved by older elementary children.
- The Library Adventure
June 11, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Starred Review. Tullet's brilliant creation proves that books need not lose out to electronic wizardry; his colorful dots perform every bit as engagingly as any on the screen of an iPad. "Ready?" the voiceover-style narration asks on the first page; it shows a yellow dot on a plain white background. "Press here and turn the page," it instructs. When the page is turned, there's a second yellow dot beside the first one. "Great!" it says. "Now press the yellow dot again." A third yellow dot appears beside the first two. "Perfect," the narrator continues. "Rub the dot on the left... gently." On the next page, voila!—that dot is now red. "Well done!" the book congratulates. The fun continues as the dots proliferate, travel around the page, grow and shrink in response to commands to clap, shake, or tilt the book, etc. The joy is in the tacit agreement between artist and reader that what's happening is magic. Shh! Don't tell. All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Overall Product Rankings

1. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Giles Andreae Giraffes Can’t Dance
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Drew Daywalt The Day the Crayons Quit
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 12
4. Adam Rubin Dragons Love Tacos
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Adir Levy What Should Danny Do?
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Mo Willems Waiting Is Not Easy!
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Andrea Beaty Rosie Revere, Engineer
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Herve Tullet Press Here
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Ashley Spires The Most Magnificent Thing
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Picture Books

There is nothing like enjoying the fascination of a child when you read to them from a picture book. Whether you cozy up under a blanket on a couch or read by a flashlight in a tent, your audience is sure to find joy in reading their favorite picture book over and over again. Picture books are a great combination of beautiful art (art is in the eye of the beholder) and compelling prose. There are only a few things that a good picture book needs, and you will certainly know when you’ve found a good one!

As a reader and true appreciator of a picture book, you’ll automatically find several things that make you love a picture book. First is the story. There is nothing better than a good story, and if it is good, it will certainly stick in your mind and keep you wanting to read the same book time after time. Kids often hold on to stories that are relatable — like “Goodnight Moon,” which s a story of something  they can easily identify in the sky when they say goodnight.  On the other hand, picture books for young adults or teens might have a story of things that are out of this world and magical, such as “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition.”

Next, readers and onlookers alike will find that when the words and the art perfectly complement each other, the picture book will be a winner. In “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, you’ll find a kid-friendly storyline with child-like drawings for the pictures. This children’s book masters the playful give and take of the words with the pictures.

Lastly, the best picture books will yield that encore shouting from your little ones when you get to the end. That yearning for a reread is a surefire sign of a fantastic picture book. You will find that in “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin.

Find that fun reading time with your kiddos when you pull these awesome picture books off the bookshelf, and snuggle in for some quality time with them.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first children’s book with illustrations was “Orbis Sensualium Pictus” or “The World of Things Obvious to the Senses Drawn in Pictures.” It was written in 1658 by John Comenius, a Czech native. He wrote it in Latin, but with excellent drawings throughout of the most common things known to man, from animals to insects, scenery and even breathe from a man’s mouth. It was quite popular and became implemented in some schools as well.

Although it was popular then, most homes do not contain a copy of this book for their children. Research from 2001 shows that “The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey was the number one selling picture book in history with over 14,800,000 copies sold (at that point). This book was atop a list with books by multiple famous authors such as Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling and Beatrix Potter.

The Picture Book Buying Guide

  • One thing to keep in mind when buying a good picture book is your audience. Do your kids like a specific topic such as animals, vehicles or insects? And always keep their age in mind as you look for a good picture book.
  • Read the book summary before buying it to give you an idea of the story, and flip through the pages to check out the art.
  • Look for reviews from other readers.
  • Use your best resources: family and friends’ suggestions.
  • Make a visit to your local library and ask a librarian for suggestions. If your kiddo loves a book you read from the library, you can buy it to add to your child’s personal library. 
  • Interactive picture books are a fantastic way to get children to love picture books. Even if the book doesn’t have flaps or touch-and-feel features, you can make a book interactive by asking the child to find a hidden object or dance like the characters in the book. Make it fun for them so they want to read the book again.