April 23, 2018

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Mixing Colors? There’s a Book for That! | SLJ Spotlight

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MixitUp-spotlightimageA read-aloud of Hervé Tullet’s Mix It Up makes for a natural segue into teaching kids about colors in ways you’ll find easy, intuitive, and vibrant. Prepare for a little mess–and a lot of fun!

What You’ll Need:

Finger paint

Construction paper


1. Arrange a few blobs of paint of primary colors onto sheets of paper before you begin.

2. Give kids a quick reminder of how to make different colors (all laid out expertly by Tullet).

3. Let them go wild!

redstarTULLET, Hervé. Mix It Up. illus. by Hervé Tullet. 64p. Chronicle. Sept. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781452137353.

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