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Wednesday 2 May 2018

Review: Square

Barnett and Klassen’s follow up to the laugh-out-loud Triangle is filled with equal parts comedy and heart.

This talented duo has once again left me laughing and sighing with a picture book that ignites your heart and gives you the giggles.

We first met Square in Triangle, where Triangle played a sneaky trick on Square and he stumbled upon the perfect payback.

In Square, Square is doing some important work, moving and stacking rocks, when Circle arrives to admire his sculptures.

Circle commissions Square to create a sculpture of her, leaving poor Square to wonder how on earth he will sculpt something as perfect as Circle. He tries his best, but will Circle be happy with the results?

You’ll need to read the story to find out. 

Barnett and Klassen have, again, delivered a surprise ending that makes you think, laugh and smile at the same time. It’s a special talent they seem to have — to create stories that entertain, teach and make you question things simultaneously.

This time it’s all about the idea of perfection and the old adage ‘in the eye of the beholder’. Well camouflaged within fun and comedy, it’s a fantastic message for kids, and its subtle delivery is spot on.

Klassen’s recognisable illustrations are, as always, stunning. With a beautiful earthy palate and lots of white space, the book is visually striking. Curved edge paper and a cover that let’s the illustrations do the talking creates a trendy and unique picture book that stands out for its creativity.

Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of Square. And while you’re at it, grab Triangle, too, so you can start collecting this very cool picture book series.

Title: Square
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Walker Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2018
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781406378658
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book