About Two Squares A Suprematist Tale of Two Squares in Six Constructions by El Lissitzky, Odile Belkeddar


About Two Squares A Suprematist Tale of Two Squares in Six Constructions by El Lissitzky, Odile Belkeddar

About Two Squares, a truly revolutionary book for children by the Russian avant-garde artist El Lissitzky, will extend the boundaries of anyone's imagination. Radically simple, and yet beautifully sophisticated, this book tells the story of two squares who take on the mission of rebuilding the world. First published in 1922 in post-revolutionary Russia, About Two Squares was constructed using pure geometric forms and typographic elements as a means to disseminate the new order, with Lissitzky propelling the reader to build their own future and pointing them in a daringly modern direction. Inspired by Kazimir Malevich's suprematist vision of a non-objective art, About Two Squares had an immediate impact on the European art world with its publication in Theo van Doesburg's avant-garde art journal, De Stijl, and redefined what an illustrated book could be. Left wonderfully open-ended, the book finishes with the simple words and then - ,encouraging young readers to reinvent the world for themselves.

About the Author

El Lissitzky (1890-1941) was a Russian painter, typographer, architect and designer whose radical innovations in typography and photomontage continue to influence artists and designers today. He worked as a professor at the Popular Art Institute created by Marc Chagall in Vitebsk, Russia, where he met and was inspired by suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich. He illustrated 16 books for children on Jewish culture before creating About Two Squares. Odile Belkeddar is one of the cofounders of Les Trois Ourses (The Three Bears), a non-profit organisation which focuses on the artistic education of children by putting 'the book at the centre'. She is also a successful writer and translator.

More books by this author

Other Formats

Book Info


24 pages


El Lissitzky, Odile Belkeddar
More books by El Lissitzky, Odile Belkeddar


Publication date

5th June 2014



At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

I love lovereading4kids because I’ve read amazing books I would never have picked up, and its opened doors to new genre’s I now love.

Harriet Cunningham

Lovereading 4 schools