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Push Button
     

Push Button

by Aliki (Illustrator)
 

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Push that button and what happens?
Bam!
Click!
Pop!
Wham!

Turn the pages of this book and what happens? All of that (thanks to the Push-Button boy) and a whole lot more!

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Push that button and what happens?
Bam!
Click!
Pop!
Wham!

Turn the pages of this book and what happens? All of that (thanks to the Push-Button boy) and a whole lot more!

Editorial Reviews

Booklist (starred review)
“A simple but irresistible concept, a strong execution, a healthy message. Where’s the button for ‘more’?”
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
It certainly is a push-button world as this cherubic toddler quickly learns. With just the power from his index finger "surprises happen." Push a button and music plays from the radio, water squirts from a hose, elevators go up and down as do umbrellas and even toasters. The vacuum starts with the push of a button as does the car, the CD player at preschool, a flashlight, and of course, the telephone. All that button pushing wears out the young child, and with an aching finger (nicely bandaged for effect), he settles down to read a book. Turning the pages, he sees animals that hop and hide, jump and run. Inspired, he begins to explore his world. He discovers he can pull a cart, dig a hole, hide, kick, slide, and hammer. All this energetic fun is captured in a bright mixed media of watercolors, colored pencils, and ink. The lively rhyming text is punctuated with action words as button pushing results in FLOP! CLACK! FLUP! ROARRR! that will elicit giggles from listeners. Preschoolers will delight in exploring their push-button world after reading this story as well as all the other ways to have fun. This exuberant package is a perfect choice for one-on-one sharing or a toddler story time. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews
What little person does not love to push buttons, especially if all those pushed buttons yield fascinating and rewarding effects? Aliki's young Push-Button boy loves all sorts of buttons: phones, toasters, remotes, water hoses-you name it! In fact, this little guy pushes so many buttons that his pointer finger gets sore, and his bandaged digit has to find other things to do, like playing outside, painting, pounding and, eventually, reading. (In a sweet and apt homage, he's reading Ashley Bryan's 1995 picture-book rendition of "What a Wonderful World.") The bright white background helps the primary colors pop for the lap listeners while the rhyming couplets, with just a few lines per page, make the text easy to memorize. The words for the sounds-FLUP! CLACK! RINGGG! WHOOOSH!-are handwritten in happy colors that will keep younger readers interested in turning the page. Push-Button boy's life, with or without a bandage, is one where he is happy, busy and the center of the action. Completely in sync with toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)
Booklist
"A simple but irresistible concept, a strong execution, a healthy message. Where’s the button for ‘more’?"
School Library Journal
PreS—Aliki's trademark pink-faced children enliven this uneven offering. It starts off with a "little boy, a push-button boy," depicts him pushing a variety of buttons (everything from TV's to toasters to umbrellas to faucets), and includes the sounds they make. Suddenly, his button-pushing finger is sore and bandaged, and he is sad. He starts to read, then moves on to other activities, ranging from digging to sliding to painting to hammering, until his finger heals. Now he can push buttons, and do other things as well. The aim is unclear here. Initially it seems to be an onomatopoeic story about pushing buttons and making sounds. However, the injured finger is a stretch, and the remainder seems to be an overly subtle hint about broadening horizons. The text, which mostly reads aloud well, occasionally strains at rhyme and meter. The sound effects are excellent, though, and will definitely capture readers' attention. The mixed-media illustrations, which are brightly colored full-page and spot art on stark white backgrounds, have plenty of movement. The text for the sound words is done in a variety of shapes, colors, and fonts, making them stand out. The boy is appealing and busy, and the illustrations from his book jump off the page, clearly inspiring his later antics—an interesting conceit. Unfortunately, the two stories here don't completely mesh. However, parents and push-button boys everywhere will still probably find the familiar situations and gentle reminders enjoyable. An additional purchase.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061673085
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

With more than 60 fiction and nonfiction titles for children to her credit, Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published in 1960. Born in New Jersey, she now lives in New York City.

Aliki's books for young readers include the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out titles Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils Tell of Long Ago, My Feet, and My Hands. Other nonfiction books by Aliki include How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

With more than 60 fiction and nonfiction titles for children to her credit, Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published in 1960. Born in New Jersey, she now lives in New York City.

Aliki's books for young readers include the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out titles Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils Tell of Long Ago, My Feet, and My Hands. Other nonfiction books by Aliki include How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

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