Help! We Need A Title! by Hervé Tullet Book Review

Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.
Release Date: September 1, 2013

Someone has been opening this book... I think they’re looking for a story! The characters are still only sketches, there’s a setting and a few ideas about color, but who can they turn to for the story? It’s not long until they go after the author and disturb him in the middle of his work...

I'm sure many of you are familiar with Press Here, a strange and wonderfully interactive book where children touch dots in a book and seemingly by pressing, things in the book change. Sadly, this book suffered some major problems, resulting in a story that felt overly long, stilted, and entirely too meta. Don't get me wrong, I love meta...if it is done right. For example: Chloe and the Lion was an hysterical story in which the author and illustrator battle it out. But it was funny and cute and had a plot, none of which existed in this book. I can't even speak about the great illustrations because the art is purposefully made to look like a 4 year-old drew it.

On a wholly different note, I find it interesting that this book is not your standard 32 page picture book, but rather twice that size. This was rather jarring as it could have easily been half that length.