Who can resist brightly- coloured, gloopy, thick, splodges of paint? Isn’t it everyone’s instinct to shove their hands and face in it and ‘mix it up’, or is that just me?
If you are a fan of Hervé Tullet’s book ‘Press Here’ you will love ‘Mix it up’. Like ‘Press Here’, Hervé Tullet instructs the reader to interact with the book on each page, telling us to tap thumb prints, mix different colours, smear paint, tilt the book and shake it. Using their imagination and what they’ve learnt, the child envisages what they have created.
In my opinion, Herve Tullet’s books contain the essence of childhood; freedom of expression, creativity, innocence, the act of learning through play and exploration, all with plenty of laughter. His books ooze enjoyment and discovery.
Not only does the book offer bundles of magic and wonder, it’s educational! It teaches the child about basic colour mixing in a way that is both charming and engaging.
Visually, the book is spectacular. The colours are striking, bold and cheerful. Finger prints and smudges make up an abundance of beautiful imperfections that are dotted around the edges like little smiling, happy accidents.
As an adult viewing this book, it feels like I’ve been taken back in time to the local village hall playgroup, 1986. 4 years old, I’ve got a green tank top on and I’m wearing a painting apron that looks like Joseph’s technicoloured dreamcoat. My hands are dripping in paint and I’m looking up at a giant sheet of sugar paper with a licence to attack it with all the poster paint in the world. Happy days!