Circle, Square, Moose

Circle, Square, Moose

by Kelly Bingham, Paul O. Zelinsky
     
 

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In this companion to the acclaimed Z Is for Moose, Moose infiltrates a book about shapes (because he loves shapes, naturally) and it is up to his best friend, Zebra, to restore order and save the day. Another triumph from the award-winning team of Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky.

This hilarious book manages to illustrate a fact or two about shapes while

Overview

In this companion to the acclaimed Z Is for Moose, Moose infiltrates a book about shapes (because he loves shapes, naturally) and it is up to his best friend, Zebra, to restore order and save the day. Another triumph from the award-winning team of Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky.

This hilarious book manages to illustrate a fact or two about shapes while providing a three-dimensional stomping ground for best friends Moose and Zebra. What will happen? Who will save the day? It's all up in the air until the final page, where Moose and Zebra (and Cat, too) create a perfect—and perfectly heartwarming—ending. This stand-alone companion to Z Is for Moose features a multilayered story told through text, asides, conversation bubbles, and pictures. Themes of friendship, exploration, and conflict resolution—and of course the concept of shapes, including the shape of a book—make this an ideal read-aloud for the elementary school classroom and for home!

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Mark Levine
Adults who have slogged like prisoners through the pieties of self-serious picture books will find the anarchy refreshing; kids will recognize the mash-up world they were born into.
Publishers Weekly
★ 08/18/2014
Having thoroughly disrupted an alphabet book in Z Is for Moose, Bingham and Zelinsky’s enthusiastically in-the-way quadruped has his way with a primer on shapes. Bingham gives the unseen narrator a sickly sweet tone, complete with predictable rhymes, though Moose’s interruptions (such as eating the sandwich used to demonstrate as a square) quickly raise hackles. “You are ruining the book. This is a book about shap–” begins the narrator, before another new arrival, the referee Zebra from the previous book, pops in, resulting in a metafictional chase that has the animals “crinkling” pages, getting tangled in acres of ribbon, and falling down a hole into a sort of picture-book void. It’s wild fun, and adults could probably even use the book to explore shapes with children, if they can get them to stop laughing long enough. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Bingham's irrepressible protagonist from Z Is For Moose (Greenwillow, 2012) and his long-suffering friend Zebra return in this hilarious book about shapes. The offstage narrator begins quite serenely, introducing common shapes represented by everyday objects like a button and a sandwich. When Moose swipes the square but apparently delicious sandwich, the narrator objects but forges ahead to triangles (a wedge of cheese or a piece of pie). Dressed in his striped jersey, Moose cheerfully points out that a cat's ears are also triangular. Unfortunately, this is not a book about animals, and Moose and the feline are asked to leave. Undeterred, Moose continues to insert himself into the following pages showcasing rectangles and diamonds. Suddenly, Zebra, sporting his referee's shirt, appears to handle the situation. Despite Zebra's efforts, Moose and his feline companion continue to barge through the parade of shapes. They dash by a wall of square bathroom tiles and knock over a checkerboard. Eventually, Moose tangles Zebra in a long, curvy ribbon, but they manage to make their escape through a circular hole in the ground. Fed up, the narrator tells them, "You can finish this book YOURSELVES." The friends come up with a gratifying conclusion using Zebra's favorite shape, the star. Zelinsky sets Moose's antics against colorful, geometric backgrounds. He cleverly portrays the characters cavorting in and out of the energetic mixed-media illustrations. For a laugh-filled story hour, pair this title with Doreen Cronin's equally zany Click Clack Moo (S. & S., 2000).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-07-16
Moose is back! Hooray—unless you are a book about circles and squares. The simple concept book starts off well enough with a button representing a circle and a sandwich representing a square. And then mischief and mayhem erupt as Moose takes an enormous bite out of the sandwich. Admonitions from the book follow, and then it attempts to continue with a wedge of cheese and a slice of pie to illustrate triangles. Alas, Moose interrupts again, presenting a cat with triangular ears. Leave the book, they are told. More Moose antics ensue with rectangles and diamonds. The book grows ever more frantic, and fortunately Zebra arrives to salvage the exercise. Or does he? Zebra appears hopelessly tangled in ribbon (a curve) when Moose steps in to save the day with a circle that becomes a hole through which they escape the book. Moose then presents his friend with the last shape, a star. It is a great joy to watch Bingham and Zelinsky, who brilliantly collaborated on Z Is for Moose (2012), once more let Moose loose to naughtily and enthusiastically disrupt reading. Bingham's text is both straightforward and filled with humorous speech bubbles. Zelinsky digitally manipulates his palette of bright colors to fill the pages with sly clues, fast-paced action, expressive typefaces and animals with winning personalities. Are further books in Moose's future? Hilarious fun. (Picture book. 4-6)
Shelf Awareness
“The stars of one of our Best Books of 2012, Z Is for Moose, are back for a fabulous encore about shapes. . . . Bingham and Zelinsky pace this rollicking adventure with clockwork precision, tucking in surprises but never losing sight of their focus: the friendship between Moose and Zebra.”
The Horn Book
“Irrepressible Moose is up to his old tricks, trying to force his way into another concept book. . . . Be prepared to share this book again and again.”
Booklist
“It’s clear that Moose is indeed . . . a star!”
New York Times Book Review
“Madcap chicanery . . . reaches a pitch of surreal delirium. . . . Adults . . . will find the anarchy refreshing; kids will recognize the mash-up world they were born into.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062290038
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
545,459
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kelly Bingham has been a storyboard artist, story supervisor, and director and is now a writer. Shark Girl, her first novel, was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Its sequel is Formerly Shark Girl. Kelly Bingham lives with her husband Marty and four children in the town of Ellijay, Georgia.

Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of Anne Isaac's Dust Devil and creator of the now-classic interactive book called The Wheels on the Bus. His retelling of Rapunzel was awarded the 1998 Caldecott Medal. Rumpelstitlskin, Hansel and Gretel and Swamp Angel with different authors all garnered Paul a Caldecott Honor. Since 1991 Paul O. Zelinsky has lived in the same apartment with his wife Deborah in northern Brooklyn, New York.

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