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The Button Book

Written by Sally Nicholls

Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin

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The Button Book Review

Books for Babies and Toddlers Funny

From a singing button to a tickle button, from a rude sound button to a mysterious white button, there's only one way to find out what they do...

There’s huge fun to be had in this gloriously interactive book which is a spur to imaginative play as well as a great introduction to familiar colours and shapes. A singing button, a tickle button and many more. All young readers will be delighted by the invitation to press each one. Once they have done so many possibilities open up as they head off into whatever invention they choose to imagine. Sally Nicholls uses her word carefully and with pleasing simplicity and Beth Woollvin’s illustrations add special details of their own.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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The Button Book Synopsis

Here's a button. I wonder what happens when you press it?

From a singing button to a tickle button, from a rude sound button to a mysterious white button, there's only one way to find out what they do! A remarkable adventure powered purely by imagination, where the sounds, songs and play are completely up to you and whoever you're sharing this wonderful book with.

Reminiscent of picture book legend Herve Tullet's Press Here, this chunky board book will take you on a magical journey of colour, imagination, and play with a wind-down bedtime ending (unless you're asked to read it again).

The Button Book Press Reviews

Bouncy and mischievous, Sally Nicholls's The Button Book is illustrated with giddy, infectious energy by Bethan Woollvin - Guardian, Children's Books of the Year

Wonderfully illustrated... The last one is a sleep button. Good night, children. More confirmation that children's book creators are unsung geniuses. - New York Times

This beautifully simple concept takes readers on a magical interactive journey, powered only by imagination and play. Fresh and charming, with lots of scope for children-and adults-to join in. - The Bookseller

Nicholls' simple, silly narrative and Woollvin's colorfully childlike illustrations result in a fun picture book that incorporates shapes and colors and that can be used at home and in libraries and classrooms. - Kirkus

Each button is made distinct by a specific setting and palette, with Woollvin-an exceptional colorist-utilizing one hue at a time to highlight her black-and-gray illustrations, which makes for dynamic visuals as the pages go by. - Booklist

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ISBN: 9781839131875
Publication date: 03/03/2022
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Board book

ISBN: 9781783448982
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783447749
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839131875
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Author: Sally Nicholls
Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Board book
Pagination: 26 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler
Genres: Funny

About Sally Nicholls

I was born in Stockton-on-Tees, just after midnight, in a thunderstorm. My father died when I was two, and my brother Ian and I were brought up my mother. I always wanted to write - when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to say "I'm going to be a writer" - very definite. I've always loved reading, and I spent most of my childhood trying to make real life as much like a book as possible. My friends and I had a secret club like the Secret Seven, and when I was ...

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