A kids' book?
Color me curious.
So I picked it up and paged through it. IMMEDIATELY I understood why it was such a hit. This concept is brilliant, and it provides a perfect backdrop to get kids interested and excited about reading.
The concept is simple. Kids are active. They like to learn by play. What better way to learn "reading" than to get them "reading" with their hands?
A little yellow dot is our main character, but the true protagonist is your finger! The text coaxes you in easy language to "press," "shake" and "tilt" the book in various ways. Each time you do so, you see the result of such actions on the next page.
Vincent really thought he was somewhat magic as the dots changed colors, multiplied and moved as the pages flipped by.
For an SPD kid like Vince, this is a PERFECT way to get him to sit still and read through a full story because it allows him to experience tactile sensation as he follows the prompts. I wish I had a video of him screeching, laughing and clapping with joy each and every time we read. Without fail he asks for it at least twice (many times more) and has yet to be bored of it. In fact, he tries to read it on his own now, and I can tell he's picking up some of the words based on repetition. What's not to love?
And the fun doesn't end there. Press Here has become so popular that apps have been created. I downloaded a free one onto the iPad so he can take the fun with him without ripping the pages in an overly enthusiastic turn.
I highly recommend it - especially for children like Vince who can use the extra sensory boost.
It's pricey, but if you can find one used / on sale (like I did), it's worth EVERY.SINGLE.PENNY.
Now I've gotta try to snag a video of Vince reading through it next time. The trailer below fails to capture the pure joy these kids get out of the book. :)