The Button Book – Sally Nichols, illustrated by Bethan Woollvin


  The Button Book – Sally Nichols, illustrated by Bethan Woollvin, Tundra, (9780735267152), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? In this fun interactive picture book the narrator encourages the reader to join a group of animals in pressing varied colored buttons. Each button has a corresponding action: the red button beeps, the orange button is the clapping button, the blue is a singing button, the green is a raspberry button (“How rude!,) yellow is a bouncing button, pink is the hug button, and purple is the tickle button.  Once the purple button is pressed in order to stop the tickling the pink hug button is pressed. Then the reader goes back to the green, blue and red button before finding the white button. The white button is actually a light switch so the lights go out with the sleeping button. The illustrations, a collage of hand painted textures and digital art, adds to the fun in bold primary colors. This is a really fun read aloud for story time that will have the listeners  actively participating in the story’s fun.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book?  A great choice for readers who love interactive stories.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 2/23/2020        

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