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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's Picks of the Month for May 2018
Square by Mac Barnett
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew
Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman
The Sand Dog by Sarah Lean
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
Plantopedia by Adrienne Barman
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?
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
|Publication date:||10th May 2018|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Star Books|
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.More About Mac Barnett