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The Bookshelf: Inside the Colorful NYC Studio of Hervé Tullet

Written by Erin Feher

Photography by Dina Kantor

Reading the books of Hervé Tullet can give you the feeling that you are standing on a Paris street corner watching a clown with a knack for slight-of-hand. His beloved and interactive Press Here! has left millions of children squealing with glee and believing in the magic of books. The Parisian-born artist has more than 80 titles to his name (including Mix it Up! and Let’s Play!), not to mention dozens of exhibitions and even a musical inspired by his creations. He started his career working in advertising, but the birth of his son inspired him to ditch his day job and pursue his creative passions full-time. That was 27 years ago—today he lives and works in New York City, and is father to Leo, 27, Paul, 24, and Lucy, 19. He recently wrapped up his latest book: I Have an Idea!, which is an abstract exploration of the process of finding and fine-tuning an idea, and invited us into his colorful NYC studio to meet his daughter Lucy and show us where the magic happens. Click through the slideshow below for the entire tour, and prepare to be inspired!

For more children’s books inspiration, check out our previous “The Bookshelf” profiles with authors and illustrators Carson Ellis, Christian Robinson, Jon Klassen, Yuyi Morales, and Isabel Sanchez Vegara.

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  1. Jackie says...

    This was a lovely diversion!

  2. I’ve been to his home before for a book event – lovely person and place!

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