Review: Say Zoop! by Hervé Tullet

We received a copy of Say Zoop! from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Years ago, our family received Hervé Tullet’s picture book Press Here as a gift. It was the first in the author/illustrator’s series of interactive books for young children, and I remember being dumbfounded at what he had achieved: he made a book feel like a tablet.

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Say Zoop!

The newest book in the series is Say Zoop! Like its predecessors, the book features primary-colored dots as the main event. Readers are instructed to complete simple commands on each spread (It starts, “Put your finger on the dot and say OH!”). Each action the child takes has the appearance of changing what happens on the next spread. The dots change in size, frequency, and cadence.

Say Zoop! adds a new, vocal element to the mix. What does a dot sound like? As our dot changes with each turn of the page, readers are invited to give it a voice. Does a little dot sound different than a big dot? What does it sound like when a line of dots are strung together? How about when they jump off a diving board? (“oh, Oh, OH!”)

As the book progresses, new friends are introduced in the form of different colored dots that make different sounds. This gives siblings and parents a chance to bring their own personality to storytime.

I should also add that the simple sounds and shapes presented are accessible to pre-readers who are working on identifying colors and shapes rather than letters and words. The sounds, shapes and patterns get more complex as the book progresses, which gives kids a chance to sort their ideas while being LOUD, creative and silly.

The best part? At the end, kids even get to break the rules and make up their own dot language. With so many colors to choose from, each dot can make its own noise. What sound will your child choose?

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Our Summer Book List: Part Three

We’ve been searching all summer for books that encapsulate this season for us. Today we’re sharing the third post in our series on summer reading for kids. Today’s choices are again brought to you by Bean.
Summer reading for kids

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Summer reading for kids

Summer reading for kids

A book about reading

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Surf’s Up was the first book we ever reviewed on Lu and Bean Read, and for good reason. It had our whole family rolling on the floor laughing together (after we figured out how to master our Surfer Dude voices). This is a fast read about two frog friends named Dude and Bro, who get into a serious debate about whether reading books or going surfing is cooler. I’ll give you one guess which activity wins.

A book about gardening

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Lu and Bean received My Garden as a gift from their aunt Jennica when they were toddlers. Over the years we have culled the book shelves many times, but this one still makes the cut. A girl spends the summer gardening with her mother. In her garden, special things like chocolate bunnies and seashells grow. Is it real or is it all in her imagination? It’s up to you to decide.
When I created the Summer Book Hunt, I was imagining that we would find a book about a louder sport—maybe waterskiing or wakeboarding. But Bean chose this quiet book about a mother and son canoeing while they observe what happens Over and Under the Pond. It’s a book about exploring nature and about the ecosystem that’s working around us whether we can see it or not. If you like this book, check out the others in the series: Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt.
Bean chose this book because it’s about “learning how to make the world prettier.” Indeed, the subtitle of Maybe Something Beautiful is How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. This is the fictionalized story of the book’s illustrator, Rafael Lopez, and his work to create community-based murals throughout a once drab San Diego neighborhood. It’s now called the Urban Art Trail. Read how this book inspired a group of Minneapolis kids to create their own mural in this guest post from last year by Erin Kelly-Collins.
We’ve had What Makes a Rainbow for so long that its ribbons are all torn and it no longer actually makes a rainbow. This “magic ribbon book” teaches kids colors by introducing one at a time, correlating the color with an animal, and repeating the color name several times on each spread. It’s also tactile—each time a color is introduced, a new ribbon magically appears on the page. Just don’t let them pull too hard or you’ll end up with a tattered copy like ours.

Did you miss the first two posts in the series? Find them here:

It’s not too late to start your Summer Book Hunt! Download it below to start hunting today!

Our Summer Book List: Part Two

Today we’re looking at the next set of books we found in our Summer Book Hunt! This week is all Bean–she is excited about this project and had fun hunting through her shelves and Addy’s shelves to find more summer-themed books. The one that’s still vexing us…we haven’t found a book showing a BBQ yet! Our eyes are peeled!
Summer reading for kids

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Summer reading for kids

A book about biking

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Kids amaze me with their memory about the details of a book. When I told Bean we were searching for a book about a bicycle she sprinted directly for Thunder Boy Jr.…which is not a book about a bicycle. But she flipped through, and there it was: an illustration of Thunder Boy standing atop his bicycle, being chased by his worried father.

Thunder Boy Smith has a unique name. His mom and his sister have “good, normal” names, but Thunder Boy is not a normal name. Thunder Boy doesn’t even get to have his not-so-normal name to himself—he has to share it with his dad, Thunder Boy Sr., otherwise known as Big Thunder. In the end, an unspoken understanding leads to a resolution in the form of a new name that honors the father’s legacy while allowing the son his own identity.

A book about family time

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

This unique picture book is all about how different kids and families do things around the world. (It’s also, as I noted on Instagram this week, a great way to get that old Montell Jordan song stuck in your head.)

Learn what these kids wear to school, how they play, how they unwind at the end of the day, and how they spend time with their families. The book is illustrated, but has photos of the families featured at the end, which helps kids understand that This is How We Do It is a nonfiction book. Read our review in our roundup of our favorite books from July 2017.

A book about nature

I Wrote You a Note by Lizi Boyd

We received a copy of this book from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. I Wrote You a Note is a lovely friendship story. A young girl writes her friend a note, which is carried by animal friends through fields and woods. Each animal tries to use the note for its own purposes. Bird tries to make a nest, snail tries to make a house, and rabbit makes a basket. But it flits and floats away from each animal until it reaches its intended recipient. Pick up a copy of this fun, nature-filled book to join the party and find out what the special note says. Lizi Boy’d illustrations make the book extra cheerful, modern and summery!

A book about sleeping in

Wake Up, Rupert! by Mike Twohy

Full disclosure: I have not read this book. Bean read it at preschool and reports back that it’s hilarious. And since this is her Summer Book Hunt, she gets to choose the books! The description from Amazon:

A rooster who just wants to sleep in gets a little help from a friend in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New Yorker artist Mike Twohy. Rupert the rooster knows that every morning when the sun comes up he must cock-a-doodle-do—no matter what. But Rupert is terrible at waking up! And even worse, he can never, ever sleep in. Life just isn’t fair. When his friend Sherman the Sheep volunteers for the job, everything is perfect. Or is it?

Author/illustrator pair (and husband/wife pair) Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan are musicians, artists and teachers, so who better to create a children’s book about Punks Skunks? Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever. But sometimes even BSFs fight. These two rockers have band practice everyday until artistic differences get in the way. Kit wants to sing about skating. Buzz wants to play a song about painting. The BSFs split up. But things just don’t sound right without each other. Will the band get back together? An extra treat: the illustrations hold lots of clues about the real life of skunks, too!

A book about ice cream

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

Yum! This is our favorite Summer Book Hunt category. And Peter Sis made it easy for us by writing a book all about an Ice Cream Summer.

It starts out with a young boy writing a letter to his grandpa about how good he’s being this summer. He’s reading, doing his math, and studying history. Turns out, all of his summer learning is a guise for eating lots of ice cream. But surely, he’s earned a trip to the ice cream store with Grandpa after all that hard work?

Did you miss Part One of the books we found in our Summer Book Hunt? Find them here:

It’s not too late to start your Summer Book Hunt! Download it below to start hunting today!


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