Help! We Need A Title!

Help! We Need A Title!

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What if you picked out a book to read, but the characters weren't ready for you yet? A clever new picture book from the creator of the New York Times bestseller Press Here.

Take a peek inside this book and you'll find some characters (though they're still a bit sketchy). They'll be perplexed to see you, so they'll quickly try to track down their author (who has a lot more work to do). What you won't find is a story, or a title, because -- guess what? The book isn't finished yet! But surely the author must have a story to tell? In this charming "meta" picture book, children of all ages are encouraged to interact with a book still in the process of being invented. And that's a story in itself!
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014, c2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780763670214
0763670219
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill.

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realgood4free
Apr 20, 2017

LOVE IT! My first Herve Tullet book I've read. It's totes a hoot.

AL_KATI Mar 15, 2017

Definitely caught myself laughing aloud while reading this one. Would be great to read aloud, especially with all the character voices and silliness.

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mmcbeth29
Jan 13, 2015

I normally adore Herve Tullet books. But this one did not peek my interest even a little bit. There is no story line. The entire story includes some character sketches (literal sketches of characters) who are talking to an unknown person. They are telling him that they are not ready for a story because they are still sketchy. Then they bring the author in (again literally). Pictures of the author's head are attached to a sketched body. He tells an eight page story that is slightly less sketchy. Then they turn out the light then back on again. That's it.

The illustrations are not illustrations, but rather pictures that look like they were drawn by a five year old. Surely even Tullet does not sketch out his books like this. The pictures were messy with plenty of scribbles. They were not pleasurable to look at. The book is not interesting enough to read twice. If the point of this book was to show the process of how a book is written, it fell quite on its face. You will also not find the interaction Tullet is known for in his books. I was sadly disappointed.

BklynKalliopiM Dec 18, 2014

Tullet hits another home run with his latest. Acknowleding the reader and audience throughout, Tullet shows us the behind-the-scenes of creating a story. Fun details like the author's photo collaged over his drawn body add to unusual, interesting illustrations. This book is excellent for learning about books and story making. This 4th wall breaking book will be a hit with young children, ideally between ages 3-8.

ksoles Jun 29, 2014

Underneath the thick black cover of a sketchbook lies adeptly controlled chaos within which prolific French artist Herve Tullet provides creative inspiration. In the opening pages, Tullet introduces a cast of unfinished characters, utterly confused by the reader's sudden presence. The pink pig, red monster and amorphous stick figure (among others) wonder how to entertain their "very sweet" audience. After producing a banal tropical sunset for background, they agree that they need a story and, thus, an author.

Enter: strange, photographed head-shots of Tullet, which unfortunately signal the end of the book's charming mixed-media tumult. Under pressure from his unruly drawings, the author supplies a sappy and lengthy (8 page) skit that provokes negative critique from said drawings and begs the reader to turn off the light.

Though "Help! We Need a Title" lets 4-8 year-olds interact with the metafiction, it fails to live up to the high standards achieved by Tullet's other books.

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Aug 30, 2014

libraryeee thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7

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