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I am Blop!
     

I am Blop!

by Hervé Tullet
 
Welcome to the world of Blops! A Blop is a simple shape, somewhere between a flower and a butterfly, a sponge and a drawing of a little man — a Blop is above all whatever you want it to be! From New York Times bestselling author Herve Tullet comes the latest in early-learning books. An essential tool for parents, teachers and anyone working with children to use

Overview

Welcome to the world of Blops! A Blop is a simple shape, somewhere between a flower and a butterfly, a sponge and a drawing of a little man — a Blop is above all whatever you want it to be! From New York Times bestselling author Herve Tullet comes the latest in early-learning books. An essential tool for parents, teachers and anyone working with children to use in activities and workshops, I AM BLOP! will introduce young readers to math, art, language, and much more. Blop animals, Blop city, Blop sky, Blop countryside, Blop family, Blop girls and boys. A single shape in different colors represents anything a child's mind can imagine. With 110 illustrations in vibrant colors, patterns, little or sometimes no words at all, each page has a unique “Blop” that brings a whole new dimension to children's reading.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tullet (Press Here) plays with shapes that look like chubby Xs or butterflies—“blops,” he calls them. On every page, one blop (or several, or dozens) do new things, each with a short, hand-lettered title. The six-page “Story of Yellow and Blue Blops” ends with a transparent page with a blue blop printed on it; placed over a yellow blop, they create green. But that’s only the beginning. A foil page on a spread mirrors a blop at right (“Blop discovers,” written backwards, is legible on the foil). Blops are decorated like works of art, gnawed on, scribbled on, and even forbidden (“No blopping,” reads one page, with a red bar across a blop). Perforated punch-out blops are included at the end, and a questionnaire (“What do blops eat?”) concludes this parade of blop events and transformations. Since the blops themselves are not characters, it’s the sheer volume of variations Tullet dreams up that gives the work its energy. And as a hat-tip to the book’s endless search for innovation, even the format is a novelty—it’s a stylish, irregularly-shaped polygon. Ages 3–up. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"Tullet (Press Here) plays with shapes that look like chubby Xs or butterflies -- blops," he calls them. on every page, one blop (or several, or dozens) do new things, each with a short, hand-lettered title. The six-page "Story of Yellow and Blue Blops" ends with a transparent page with a blue blop printed on it; placed over a yellow blop, they create green. But that's only the beginning. A foil page on a spread mirrors a blop at right ("Blop discovers," written backwards, is legible on the foil.) Blops are decorated like works of art, gnawed on, scribbled on, and even forbidden ("No blopping," reads one page, with a red bar across a blop.) Perforated punch-out blops are included at the end, and a questionnaire ("What do blops eat?") concludes this parade of blop events and transformations. Since the blops themselves are not characters, it's the sheer volume of variations Tullet dreams up that gives the work its energy. And as a hat-tip to the book's endless search for innovation, even the format is a novelty -- it's a stylish, irregularly-shaped polygon. Ages 3-up." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Don't bother looking up "blop" in the dictionary. You won't find it. Instead, award-winning French illustrator Herve Tullet means for you to decide for yourself how to describe the abstract shape inside the funhouse-shaped board book. Is it a butterfly, star, shamrock? Because it's everything and nothing in particular, Blop takes on a personality of intrepid curiosity -- morphing through colors, grown gin size and multiplying, and discovering its own reflection. Simple questions and declarative statements lead young readers along Blop's 110-page journey from the chalkboard to 3-D sculpture and beyond." - Dallas Child

"Lighthearted, fun and original, this book will delight children and parents alike." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Incredibly whimsical and endlessly inventive. . ." - Scripps Howard News Service

School Library Journal
Gr 1–5—Imagine a shape, neither blob nor spot, an irregular shape with four bumps-a Blop. This clever, engaging exploraton of the world of Blop begins simply but soon moves to the unconventional-unlimited even by the shape of the book. Each page receives a title and progresses appropriately slowly from black and white to an explosion of color one-third of the way through. There's a Blop made from thumbprints, a Blop family, Blops in the classroom and on the playground, museum-inspired Blops, an "invisible" Blop, a museum Blop, a pop-graphic Blop, flower and animal Blops, and a Blop in the mountains or under the ocean. If you need mobile Blop, there are punch-outs on a page and even a frighteningly realistic "scribbled-on" version. The art culminates in a series of questions. "What do Blops do all day?" "What do Blops eat?" "Are Blops friendly?" "Do Blops like to sing?" Imagination takes flight. For readers of all ages, the possibilities make an excellent story starter or may be shortened with emphasis upon a single page. All that's missing is Blop in a library….—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Blop comes in many colors, but only one distinctive, easy-to-draw shape. The latest in a series of offbeat, imaginative creations by renowned French artist Tullet will intrigue children and encourage them to think outside the blop. Tullet takes a single shape, a puffy X reminiscent of a butterfly or a flower, and allows it to run wild through a colorful circus of abstract ideas. Using very few words and a homely, handwritten script, Blop visually explores many concepts encountered for the first time by young children, including up and down, single and plural, colors, individual and family, school and classroom, pleasure and pain, beauty, the art museum, city and countryside, the universe. One spread asks questions to which there are no right or wrong answers: "What do Blops eat?" "Would you like to have a Blop?" "Can Blops fly?" Any child bored with standard activity-book fare will love using this open-ended, imaginative tool for creating their own universe. "Moi C'est Blop" (the original French title) taps directly into the heart of a child's natural creativity by avoiding the didactic explanatory tone of similar books. Lighthearted, fun and original, this book will delight children and parents alike. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714865331
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Pages:
110
Sales rank:
566,768
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Lighthearted, fun and original, this book will delight children and parents alike. - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Meet the Author

Hervé Tullet (b. 1958) studied Fine Art and worked as an Art Director for ten years before joining the advertising industry. In 1990, he produced his first illustrations for French publications including Elle, Le Monde, Libération, Lire, Enfants Magazine and more. In 1994, he publish his first book for children and has since become of the world's most innovative bookmakers, hosting exhibitions in Korea, London, France, Turkey, the United States and more, and winning numerous awards including the Sorcieres Prize in 2011 and the Pépite Prize in 2012. Known in France as "The Prince of Preschoolers," Tullet takes the concept of reading to a new level, teaching young minds to think imaginatively, independently, and creatively. He has published the New York Times bestseller PRESS HERE, as well as DOODLE COOK, and the LET'S PLAY GAMES series of board books for young children. He lives in Paris.

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