Square by Mac Barnett
  

Square

Written by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

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May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018

Square builds a beautiful sculpture from the blocks in his secret cave. Square’s friend Circle thinks it is perfect and Square tries to make something perfect for Circle too. But making something perfect is hard. What will Circle think of it? In this simplest of picture books, award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen wittily explore challenges and resolve them. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2018

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Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman

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Synopsis

Square by Mac Barnett

Every day, Square brings a block out of his cave and pushes it up a steep hill. This is his work. When Circle floats by, she declares Square a genius, a sculptor! This is a wonderful statue, she says. It looks just like you! But now Circle wants a sculpture of her own, a circle! Will the genius manage to create one? Even accidentally?

Reviews

Expert wry humour and striking graphics The Bookseller

It's what you would expect from this pairing and then just a touch more genius. If you're not already aware of their work, we suggest you rectify that immediately. Filled with original storylines, uncomplicated but meaningful text, a discernible humour and instantly recognisable artwork, there's everything to appreciate about their work.[...] A story with a perfectly simple premise executed to perfection in the only way Barnett and Klassen know how. Picture Books Blogger

Klassen's restrained earthy palette and minimalist scenes (those eloquent eyes again), are in perfect harmony with Barnett's even sparer, deadpan text allowing readers to step into the narrative landscape and fill for themselves, the host of gaps left by the book's genius creators. Prankish play or something more sinister? I come down on the side of the former. This book is the first of a planned trilogy from this formidable team: I eagerly anticipate the next one ... and the next. Red Reading Hub

Mac Barnett's wily story and Jon Klassen's eyes-tell-all illustrations make Triangle a really fun read-aloud for preschoolers, early elementary kids, and their adults. Boing Boing

About the Author

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the author of several award-winning books for children, including President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and a Caldecott Honor. Mac Barnett lives in California, USA.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
40 pages
Interest Age: From 3 to 7 years

Author

Mac Barnett
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Author's Website

https://www.macbarnett.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

10th May 2018

ISBN

9781406378658

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