Help! We Need a Title! (Hardcover)
Logan's Staff Pick, July 2014: A metafictional children’s book might not seem like a brilliant idea, but as he did with Press Here, Henri Tullet really pulls it off. The characters, simply drawn, truly jump off the page, interacting directly with the reader and involving us in the writing process.
This break of the fourth wall can make the book appealing to both adults and the little ones, and the guest appearance of Tullet himself adds a good bit of humor to the mix.— From Logan's Staff Picks
What if you picked out a book to read, but the characters weren't ready for you yet? A clever new picture book from the creator of the New York Times bestseller Press Here. Take a peek inside this book and you'll find some characters (though they're still a bit sketchy). They'll be perplexed to see you, so they'll quickly try to track down their author (who has a lot more work to do). What you won't find is a story, or a title, because -- guess what? The book isn't finished yet But surely the author must have a story to tell? In this charming "meta" picture book, children of all ages are encouraged to interact with a book still in the process of being invented. And that's a story in itself.
About the Author
Hervé Tullet is the creator of more than fifty children's books, including Press Here, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He loves to provoke surprise with his books, as well as in the dynamic workshops that he takes part in. He lives in Paris and is celebrated internationally for his playful, inventive, and interactive storytelling.
With plenty of self-referential good cheer, Tullet makes fun of picture books—and of himself, too. ... After creating a hasty story for his characters, the author chases everybody out. Particularly effective is Tullet’s use of varying visual vocabularies to signal the frame stories and the narratives inside them, while exuberant splashes and splotches read as the happy embrace of imperfection.
Clever new metafiction from the prolific French artist. ... In the adeptly controlled chaos within, Tullet outlines the elements of a good story while supplying kids with plenty of inspiration to create their own.