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Contributor(s): Barnett, Mac, Klassen, Jon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763696072     ISBN-13: 9780763696078
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $14.40  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: May 2018
Annotation: A second entry in the trilogy that began with Triangle introduces diligent Square, who spends his days moving blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground, whimsically earning the admiration of his friend, Circle. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creators of Extra Yarn.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Shape; Fiction.
Humorous stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Size & Shape
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018052537
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Shape Trilogy
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #1)

Square, who squabbled with Triangle in the first volume of Barnett and Klassen's Shape trilogy, suffers from a case of imposter syndrome in this second picture book offering. Circle sees Square pushing stone blocks one after the other to the top of a hill among huge, ghostly boulders. She mistakes them for self-portraits—"You are a genius! I did not know you were a sculptor!"—and insists that Square must make a sculpture of her. Anxiety overwhelms him. Slashes of rain cut across the spreads as the stone disintegrates under his hammer and chisel, amid his growing despair. In the morning, his circular pile of rubble holds a pool of rainwater, which reflects Circle's image as she gazes downward. "It is perfect," Circle gushes. "You are a genius." Is Circle a good friend who sees the worth in Square's work that he can't see himself? Or is she just a flatterer? Poor Square isn't sure, and readers aren't, either. Square's efforts to please are equal parts hilarious and cringeworthy, and the moment he topples over in exhaustion is comic gold. The story's decidedly ambiguous conclusion leaves the door open for questions about what it means to be an artist—and that's the whole point. Ages 5–9. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS-Gr 2—In their sequel to Triangle, the Barnett/Klassen dynamic duo follows the previously introduced character of Square. Every day Square pushes one square block from his cave to the top of a hill, adding to a pile of square rocks. "This is his work." One day, Circle floats by, and to Square's bewilderment, sees these square blocks as amazing sculptures—Square is a genius at self-portraits! She requests that he create a sculpture for her. Klassen's minimalist watercolor and graphite illustrations are effective in creating a space for the character's expressive eyes to stand out which enhances the book's underlying humor and sense of irony. Short sentences, a gripping plot, and great page turns make this both an excellent read-aloud and an approachable title for beginning readers. This book takes a sweeter turn from its prankish predecessor in that Square works hard to create something for Circle, only to feel like he failed; but when Circle sees what he created, she is "beguiled" once more by his genius. Though this title will stand alone, children familiar with Triangle might recognize the extra layer of humor at the end when an unnamed narrator poses a game-changer of a question. VERDICT A must purchase that will satisfy old fans and create new ones.—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR

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