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Walker Books
01 May 2018
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Another slightly subversive picture book featuring geometrical shapes as the characters of the story, from the team who brought us Triangle. Square pushes blocks out of his cave but when Circle happens upon him doing his work and mistakes it for art, she insists he do a sculpture of her. Too polite to say otherwise, Square toils away unsuccessfully - but Circle is impressed by his achievement anyway… Simple text but with a lot going on underneath, with the expressive and deceptively simple illustrations Klassen is a genius at producing! Lindy Jones


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?
By:   Mac Barnett
Illustrated by:   Jon Klassen
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 228mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   395g
ISBN:   9781406378658
ISBN 10:   1406378658
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   01 May 2018
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Chloe and the Lion and Guess Again!, which TIME Magazine named the no. 2 Picture Book of 2010. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travellers, and serves on the board of 826LA, a not-for-profit writing and tutoring centre in LA. His collaborations with Jon Klassen, Extra Yarn and Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, have both won the Caldecott Honor. He lives in California, USA. Jon Klassen has created illustrations for popular series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General Award in 2010. I Want My Hat Back is the first book he has both written and illustrated. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles, USA.

Reviews for Square

Expert wry humour and striking graphics * The Bookseller * Inquisitive, witty and framed by peppermint-green and softy inky scribbles, awash with intelligence and depth, it's just lovely! * Press Association * Barnett and Klassen are a perfect team to deliver a smart and funny book that manages to have sophisticated connotations about the creation, intention and reception of art, as well as reassuring children about their own artistic development. * BookTrust * This sequel to the award- winning author/illustrator team's equally offbeat Triangle is a typically original delight, full of minimalist images, dry humour and an undercurrent of philosophical debate. * The Daily Mail * A funny, quirky and clever boardbook [...] Simple striking illustrations encourage us to keep our eyes open to what things really are. Spot on. * a & u books *

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