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Sunday 26 October 2014

Review: Mix It Up!

I often wonder if the creative well that is Hervé Tullet could ever run dry. I sincerely hope not. His never-ending artistic surges are such complete joy--for adults as well as those little charges he so exquisitely engages with his colourful tomes.

In Mix It Up!, Tullet takes colour blending to a whole new level, splotching great wads of paint on the page and smooshing them together with the help of little hands and lots of imagination.

'Dip your fingers in the blue ... and gently rub the yellow.' And the reader ends up with green.

'Close the book and push down ... so the colours squish together.' Here comes orange.

'Shake the book really hard. What do you think will happen?' and we end up with more delightful colour-blendings.

The secret to Tullet's success is that he doesn't think too hard about it. He just creates. His works are so effulgent, so pure, so close to the source of childhood, it's no wonder they enchant.

In Mix it Up!, readers will be left with that delectable light feeling one feels when leaving a kindergarten art room. Happy, relaxed, smiley--and spattered in paint.


Title: Mix It Up!
Author/Illustrator: Hervé Tullet
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 16 September 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781760110956
For ages: 1 - 6
Type: Picture Book