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Written and illustrated by Herve Tullet

Chronicle Books, 2011

2013-2014 Winner - Primary


A single yellow dot multiples, changes colors, expands, and dances across the page with the touch of a finger, the movement of the book, or the push of a breath. This book celebrates the power of imagination and the enduring appeal of books.

Meet the Author and Illustrator

Hervé Tullet is a French author and illustrator who has been writing books for nearly 20 years. His books celebrate the power of imagination and creativity, and he believes that books need to be shared by everyone. In fact, he considers his best book ideas to be those that inspire all members of a family to read and play together. Tullet was raised in Paris, France. He discovered books when he was 16 and was astonished and transformed by the power of the ideas contained therein--from rebellion, to beauty, to love, to politics. He went on to study Fine Arts and Decorative Arts at art school where he was inspired by the works of Alexander Calder and Joan Miro. He worked at an art director for an advertising agency for 10 years before publishing his first book in 1994. Sixty books later, Tullet’s stories remain innovative, delightful, and accessible.


  • What is your favorite color? Your favorite shape?
  • Is a book like an iPad? Explain why or why not.
  • Can you change a story by touching or tapping a book?


Shapes and Colors
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle, Philomel Books, 2011.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., H. Holt, 1983.
Birds by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, 2009.
Color by Ruth Heller, Putnam & Grosset, 1995.
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert, Lippincott, 1999.
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norman Juster, SeaStar Books, 2001.
I Am Blop! by Herve Tullet, Phaidon Press, 2013.
I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait, Greenwillow Books, 2004.
I Went Walking by Sue Williams, Gulliver/HBJ, 1990.
Lots of Spots by Lois Ehlert, Beach Lane Books, 2010.
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin, Harper Collins, 2013.
One Red Dot: A Pop Up Book for Children of All Ages by David Carter, Little Simon, 2005.
Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong, Chronicle Books, 2000.
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban, Greenwillow, 1986.
Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews, Greenwillow Books, 1999.

10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting and Color Concepts by Anita Lobel, Knopf, 2012.
600 Black Spots: A Pop Up Book for Children of All Ages by David Carter, Little Simon, 2007.

Imagination Stories
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg, Workman Publishing, 2010.
The Dot by Peter Reynolds, Candlewick Press, 2003.
Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai, Chronicle Books, 2006.
Hanimals by Mario Mariotti, Green Tiger/Childrens Press, 1982.
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers, Egmont USA, 2012.
The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen, Kids Can Press, 2009.
Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile, Candlewick Press, 2009.
My Garden by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow books, 2010.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, Houghton Mifflin, 1984.
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, Harper Collins, 2006.
Play With Your Food by Joost Elffers, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1997.
The Queen of France by Tim Wadham, Candlewick Press, 2011.

Die Cut Books
The Amazing Book of Shapes by Lydia Sharman, Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
The Color Box by Dayle Ann Dodds, Little Brown, 1992.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs, Templar Books, 2011.
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback, Viking, 1999.
Look! Look! Look! by Tana Hoban, Greenwillow, 1988.
One Boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Roaring Brook Press, 2008.
Reflections by Ann Jonas, Greenwillow Books, 1997.
Round Trip by Ann Jonas, Greenwillow Books, 1983.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Philomel, 1969.
While You Were Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World by Durga Bernhard, Charlesbridge, 2011.
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World: Fun and Easy Eco-tips by Melanie Walsh, Candlewick Press, 2008.

For more information, please check the 2013-2014 Resource Guide - Primary.

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