Hervé Tullet

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Hervé Tullet
Born (1958-06-28) 28 June 1958 (age 61)
Avranches, Normandy, France
OccupationChildren's books author, artist
GenreChildren's literature

Hervé Tullet (born June 29, 1958) is a French artist, performer, illustrator and children's literature author who has written over 80 books. His 2010 book Press Here remained on the The New York Times Best Seller list in the Children's Picture Books category for over 4 years.


Tullet was born on June 29, 1958 in Avranches, France.

After studying illustration and visual communication, he worked for about ten years in advertising.

In the early 1990s, he started working as an illustrator for the press. In 1994, his first children’s book, Comment papa a rencontré maman was published by Le Seuil. Recognition was not long in coming: he received the Non-Fiction Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in 1998 for Faut pas confondre.

Tullet has written over 80 books translated in over 30 languages. His books favor following a path as opposed to a narrative. Tullet also lead workshops bringing together up to several hundred people[1][2][3]. Among the space where they were held: Tate Modern, Library of Congress, MOMA and Guggenheim Museum.

Press Here (2010) is his biggest success. This "interactive book"[4] published in the United-States by Chronicle Books was sold in over 2 million copies throughout the world and translated into over 35 languages[5]. It stayed on the The New York Times Best Seller list in the Children's Picture Books category for over 4 years.[6][7]

Tullet lives in New-York in the United-States since 2015 where he created several exhibitions at the Invisible Dog Art Center[8] or at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh[9].

In 2018, Tullet held his first retrospective in Korea at the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Korea[10].

Tullet also launched The Ideal Exhibition with Hervé Tullet in 2018, a multifaceted collaborative project based on his art, aesthetics and philosophy[11]. The project consists of videoworkshops in the form of a web series and a sharing device in the form of a collective virtual exhibition.


Tullet has written over 80 books since 1994, including:


  1. ^ "Join Hervé Tullet for a weekend of children's painting workshops". Phaidon. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  2. ^ "Kidsburgh: Hervé Tullet Workshops At Children's Museum". 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  3. ^ "The Israel Museum, Jerusalem". www.imj.org.il. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  4. ^ Paul, Pamela (2011-04-20). "Children's Books - 'Ice' by Arthur Geisert - 'Press Here' by Hervé Tullet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  5. ^ "BIEF - Articles". www.bief.org. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  6. ^ "Children's Picture Books - Best Sellers". The New York Times. 2015-11-01.
  7. ^ Gourdon, Jessica (2016-04-12). "Auteur de best-sellers pour enfants, Hervé Tullet vient respirer à New York". French Morning (in French). Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  8. ^ "This Isn't Trash // Herve Tullet". The Invisible Dog Art Center. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  9. ^ "Hervé Tullet on the Move". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  10. ^ "Take a step into the colorful world of Tullet". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  11. ^ "Hervé Tullet et l'enfance de l'art, en livres". Le Devoir (in French). Retrieved 2019-03-01.