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[Monday Reading] Wild Ideas and Stunning Illustrations in Picturebooks


It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Fats here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

Most of the books I borrowed for our current theme are very immersive. Today, I am featuring two books by the same author who never seems to run out of ideas for kids. You may have seen Press Here, but I hope you find a copy of the other one as well. I have also included three other picturebooks that you would love, all of which are set in the dreamy city of Paris.  Happy Monday Reading, everyone!


The Book with a Hole

Written and illustrated by Hervé Tullet
Published by Tate (2011)
ISBN-10: 1854379461
ISBN-13: 978-1854379467

This book literally has a hole, and it goes right through the middle of the book when you open it! The creative genius that is Hervé Tullet engages readers in an artistic and imaginative journey as they come up with wild drawings and fun ideas. Sometimes, he even drops clues and idea prompts to get them started. This book encourages creativity and is great for group discussion.




Press Here

Written and illustrated by Hervé Tullet
Published by Chronicle Books (2011)
ISBN-10: 0811879542
ISBN-13: 978-0811879545

Three years before the publication of Mix It Up, there was Press Here. Known as the “Prince of Preschool” because he enjoys working with and writing books for children, Hervé Tullet creates another engaging read in Press Here. Although it is shorter than The Book with a Hole, Press Here is more interactive. What starts as a big yellow dot in the middle of a page becomes a series of instructions that would open a tiny world of fun and colors. I don’t know how anyone can turn a page without following the instruction!




Paris Up, Up and Away

Written and illustrated by Hélène Druvert
Translated from the French Paris s’envole

Published by Thames & Hudson (2016)
ISBN-10: 0500650594
ISBN-13: 978-0500650592

This is one of the most stunning picturebooks I’ve read. I came across this book while browsing for titles for our previous theme, Literatura Europa. In Paris Up, Up and Away, the Eiffel Tower gets bored and decides to fly away and around Paris. The book celebrates the beauty of the city with intricate laser cuts. It’s absolutely gorgeous!




Henri’s Walk to Paris

Written by Leonore Klein
Illustrated by Saul Bass
Published by Universe (2012)
ISBN-10: 0789322633
ISBN-13: 978-0789322630

I fell in love with this book immediately after seeing the cover. Henri’s Walk to Paris was originally published in 1962 and features the work of American graphic designer, Saul Bass. The story was crafted by Leonore Klein who was a former librarian. Henri’s Walk to Paris is the charming story of a boy named Henri who lives in a very small town and dreams of going to Paris. When he finally decides to go, an interesting encounter with a bird changes the course of his journey. Find out how!




A Lion in Paris

Written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna
Translated from the French by Rae Walter
Published by Tate (2014)
ISBN-10: 184976171X
ISBN-13: 978-1849761710

This beautiful and over-sized picturebook is the winner of the Bologna Ragazzi Special Mention Award. It tells the story of a young and curious lion who leaves his grassland to go to Paris and build a future. Any picturebook about Paris is a celebration of its beauty and grandeur. Beatrice Alemagna once again captivates readers with her illustrations and unique style. This book was inspired by the statue of a lion in Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris.



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12 comments on “[Monday Reading] Wild Ideas and Stunning Illustrations in Picturebooks

  1. Gorgeous picturebooks indeed! I am glad you were able to share the European themed titles too! While I know of Beatrice Alemagna’s A Lion in Paris (I think I also reviewed it here previously) – the other two are unfamiliar to me – and adding them now in my Goodreads TBR. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for highlighting these books. I love that you review books that are not well known. I can’t wait to find them. Enjoy the novels. Girl Who Drank the Moon and Solo are two of my favorites.

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  3. Such great picture books this week. Thanks for the post, and I have a few new authors to look for.

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  4. The Paris book looks amazing. Such wonderful picture books!

    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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  5. The pictures in The Book With a Hole made me laugh. So creative! Interactive books, like Press Here, can be fun, too.

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  6. My goodness, the Paris book is beautiful. If there is a London one, I would get it for my daughter!

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    • Fats Suela

      Isn’t it? You would be happy to know that she does have a book set in London. It’s called “Mary Poppins Up Up and Away!” =)


  7. lindabaie

    Wow, the Paris books both look wonderful, Fats. And The Book With A Hole looks and sounds very creative, too. You’ve shared some great books!

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  8. Ooh! The book with a hole looks interesting! Great set of books you got there!

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  9. Pussreboots

    Herve Tullet’s books are always fun. For your world tour, I’m going to plug “This is San Francisco.” Although some of the City has changed since it was first published, the City still feels familiar.

    Come see what I’m reading

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  10. I’m sad that my library doesn’t have a copy of The Book With a Hole. I can imagine it will be a fun read with my grandchildren. I did find out that they have his new book, Say Zoop! on order and added myself to the list.
    I loved A Lion in Paris and sure wish Paris Up, Up and Away was in my library system.


  11. Love those books…The Book With A Hole looks great.

    The Paris one looks terrific too.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading


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