TAP! TAP! TAP!: DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! by Herve Tullet, Chronicle Books, May 16, 2023, Hardcover, $19.99 (Ages 3-5)
Kids are encouraged to get up and move in Hervé Tullet’s new interactive picture book, Tap! Tap! Tap!: Dance! Dance! Dance!
Harnessing his love of dance, the passion of his illustrations, and the great big format of this book, Hervé Tullet invites you to a very special dance: your hand becoming the dancer and the book the dance floor.
Starting with a gentle glide, growing in complexity and animation, finally building to a crescendo of color, action, and movement. A celebration not only of releasing emotion but also of carefully controlling motion and dexterity. It’s the perfect activity for getting your ya-yas out and a welcome boon for parents, gift-givers, and teachers looking for an ultra-creative way of channeling energy. —Synopsis provided by Chronicle Books
There are lots of reasons to like Tap! Tap! Tap!: Dance! Dance! Dance! The book invites readers to interact with it, belaying the sedentary assumptions about reading. It asks kids to use their imaginations, to move their bodies and to think beyond the colorful splashes and words on the page.
But most of all, Tap! Tap! Tap!: Dance! Dance! Dance! Is just plain fun. I can’t think of any kid I know that wouldn’t have a blast working their way through the book. And even though the age range is 3-5, older kids would enjoy it, too. I can see it incorporated into the classroom in a number of ways.
Tap! Tap! Tap!: Dance! Dance! Dance! Is a larger picture book (10.7 x 0.45 x 12.5) inches, which helps make the movement that much grander. It’s a book I’ll be adding to my gift list.
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