Mac Barnett Shape Trilogy: Triangle, Square, and Circle
Ages 4 and up
Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen conspire again on a slyly funny tale about some very sneaky shapes.
Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks. . . . With this first tale in a new trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humor, here is a perfectly paced treat that could come only from the minds of two of today’s most irreverent — and talented — picture book creators.
As someone who works in the education system, I would use this book with students who have difficulty making and maintaining friendships. This book offers the opportunity for perspective-taking concerning what makes a good friend. -Kristi, Educational Counselor and mom to Hays (age 3.5), Fort Worth, TX
The beguiling second entry in the innovative shape trilogy by multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.
This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square’s friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really? With the second story in a trilogy of tales about Triangle, Square, and Circle, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen nudge readers toward a more well-rounded way of looking at things. Understated and striking in its simplicity, this funny, thoughtful offering from two of today’s most talented picture-book creators emphasizes the importance of keeping your eyes — and your mind — open to wonder where others see only rubble and rocks.
I think that Square is a humorous look at the creative process and the feelings of inadequacy we’ve all experienced. What I loved though, was that, while Square was feeling like he’d failed, Circle was completely in awe of his creation. A sweet message about the beauty our friends see in us. The questions at the end of each story in the trilogy are great conversation starters. -Hayley, mom to Jack (age 3), Boston, MA
Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen deliver the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle, Square, and Circle.
This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s friends, Triangle and Square. Also, it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.
My 22-month-old LOVES this book! I think we’ve read it 3 or 4 times every night for bedtime since we got it. He actually found a couple of extra illustrations of the shapes on the outlying pages that my husband and I would’ve missed entirely. I love the weight of the book - the front and back covers are thicker (more like a board book), protecting the paper pages in between. I think there are a couple of lessons to be learned here. First, breaking the rules may sound like fun, but it could be dangerous. Second, sometimes when we’re angry or upset, we say things we don’t mean, and we should apologize for them. And last, we shouldn’t immediately fear/judge something or someone because we don’t know them. As much as my child has shown that he loves this book, I’m excited to see his understanding of the story and the lessons grow as he gets older. But the fact that there’s already something about it he can identify and latch onto (“circle,” “square,” “triangle”) is key for where he is developmentally. -Kristen, mom to Jake (age 22 months), New York City, NY