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From the dream team of Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett comes the second instalment in the exciting new shape trilogy.Every day, Square brings a block out of his cave and pushes it up a steep hill. This is...
From the dream team of Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett comes the second instalment in the exciting new shape trilogy.Every day, Square brings a block out of his cave and pushes it up a steep hill. This is...
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  • From the dream team of Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett comes the second instalment in the exciting new shape trilogy.

    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?

About the Author-

  • Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, Chloe and the Lion, and Guess Again!, which TIME magazine named the number 2 Picture Book of 2010.

    Mac Barnett collaborated with Jon Klassen on Extra Yarn, which won the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award in the Picture Book category, and on Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.

    Mac Barnett also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. He is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers, and serves on the board of 826LA, a not-for-profit writing and tutoring center in Los Angeles. He lives in California.

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  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from April 1, 2018

    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

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2018
    In the wake of Triangle (2017), a further raft of ontological posers in stripped-down geometric garb.Square, an unreflective sort, regards hauling large cubes of rock from the depths of his secret cave to a hilltop every day as his "work." He is set to a new task, though, after Circle praises him as a "sculptor" and a "genius," then commissions a portrait. Cluelessly setting to with a hammer and chisel to carve a "perfect" representation of Circle from a stone block, Square is left at the end of the day in the middle of a ring of rubble. Despairingly, he falls asleep as rain begins to fall. Next morning the despair is still there--so when Circle floats up and sees her reflection in the puddle that's accumulated overnight her response is unexpected: "It is perfect," she says. "You are a genius." Barnett's closing "But was he really?" leaves readers (those who have the appropriate patience and experience, anyway) to judge for themselves. Square's downcast eyes as he looks at his own reflection in the puddle heighten the ambiguity. With typically deceptive minimalism Klassen places a few flat, blocky shapes on the white pages to suggest the physical landscape, angling Square's body and glance to convey the emotional one. Humor is in the details: a bit of twig that catches on harried Square's head and stays there; the shadow that appears beneath Circle as she floats along through the air.For all its brevity, chockablock with philosophical topics to ponder and debate. (Picture book. 10-adult)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 5, 2018
    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.

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