Go, Shapes, Go!

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Join a group of fun-loving shapes as they collaborate and create in this picture book from a Caldecott Honoree.

Come along on a creative adventure with a gang of saucy shapes—and a mischievous mouse who wants to play too. Meet circles, rectangles, ovals, arcs, and a triangle and a square as well. Wait till you see what this crowd can make when they’re all working together!

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Overview

Join a group of fun-loving shapes as they collaborate and create in this picture book from a Caldecott Honoree.

Come along on a creative adventure with a gang of saucy shapes—and a mischievous mouse who wants to play too. Meet circles, rectangles, ovals, arcs, and a triangle and a square as well. Wait till you see what this crowd can make when they’re all working together!

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Publishers Weekly
09/22/2014
Tiny paper-collage Mouse gives various cut-paper shapes their marching—and rolling, bouncing, and slithering—orders in Fleming’s (Underground) celebration of concepts and perception. With oval wheels that give the impression of a windup mouse, the speedy rodent zooms across Fleming’s bold handmade paper backgrounds, directing the shapes on how to assemble themselves: “Slide, SQUARE, and start the show! Bounce, OVAL, up and down.... Flip, thin RECTANGLES. Don’t break!”). When each shape has played its part to form a new whole, the resulting monkey looks ready to play. However, in his exuberance, Mouse crashes into the monkey, sending the shapes scattering. And when the rallying cry “SHAPES, find your places!” comes, the paper pieces take on a spirit of their own, reassembling into, not a monkey, but another animal that has Mouse on the run. Though the story reads as a bit scattered, readers will enjoy joining in the puzzlelike fun, guessing what the shapes are forming and imagining how they might reconfigure. The shapes themselves, snipped from decorative handmade paper, are labeled, helping to introduce or reinforce readers’ familiarity with them. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Booklist 10/1/14
In this early concept book created by the masterful Fleming, a mouse ringmaster opens the shenanigans: “SHAPES are in place and ready to go!” An assortment of neatly labeled shapes such as ovals, circles, and rectangles are featured on the next page. Then the fun gets started: “Slide, SQUARE, and start the show!” Other actions include “Bounce, OVAL, up and down” and “Roll, CIRCLE, round and round.” Kids will likely wiggle around, too, as they learn the shapes and act out the motions in the rhyming directives. As the shapes combine, a figure emerges: a monkey! He looks delighted, but the mouse looses control, careening across the page, and crashes into the monkey, sending the individual pieces flying. Tots will collapse in peals of laughter...bound to be a repeat favorite.
Children's Literature - Carol J. Wolfenbarger
A clockwork mouse is the director of this production. The actors and acrobats are various shapes performing an amazing feat. The geometric shapes are assembling on the copyright page as the mouse sweeps across leaving a swirly path and announces they are ready to go. The shapes wait in the wings and the first showman, the red square, leaps in and takes its place at center stage. On cue from the mouse each shape bounds in, positions itself, and the assemblage becomes a monkey. Vivid action words and language that rhymes—“Slither, ARC, like a snake. Flip thin RECTANGLES. Don’t break!”—propel Fleming’s signature media, cut handmade paper shapes, across double-page spreads. This is not the end. The mouse crashes into the stacked monkey and it falls apart. The shapes try to put things back together, but alas the shapes become a cat. Children will immediately know that the mouse will not find this fun. The solution: the mouse remakes the shapes into a new monkey. This is a simply told story that young children who are learning to distinguish and name shapes will enjoy. Young readers could also extend the experience by cutting and manipulating shapes from craft papers to create their own images. Reviewer: Carol J. Wolfenbarger, Ph.D.; Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-16
Fleming's signature pulp-painted backgrounds set the stage for a performance featuring an assemblage of shapes; created from patterned handmade papers, the forms are choreographed in their activity by a madcap mouse on wheels. "Slide, SQUARE, and start the show!" he cries, zooming around the double-page spreads. The labeled shapes, from "small ovals" to "thin rectangles," cross each gutter from verso to recto as the pages turn, until the contours of a creature are discernable. Children will enjoy predicting at various points in the narrative; a monkey would be the correct guess for the first animal. Motion lines drawn with pastels combine with expressive verbs, rhyming couplets and playful phrases to animate the narrative: "Bibbity bop!" Although Fleming presents a veritable smorgasbord of early learning (shapes, colors, directions and concepts), there is also a dramatic arc with tension and humor. When the mouse careens into the loosely placed papers, they scatter and re-form—into a cat! The denouement is a bit untidy, leaving readers with inquiring minds questioning what happens to the feline, after a page turn reveals a new monkey made with different paper, but they will feel relief that all's well that ends well. The title will surely inspire children to create and deconstruct their own geometric dramas. (Picture book. 2-6)
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Pulp painting and collage art prevail in this creative game. On the first spread, a motorized mouse figure instructs shapes—a small arc, triangle, oval, large arc, circle, two small ovals, two tiny circles, two big rectangles, two thin rectangles, and a square—to rearrange themselves piece by piece to form a monkey. Mouse and Monkey accidentally collide, and the pieces assemble into a cat, then quickly return to the intended form. Fleming's active verbs (bounce, slide, slither, flip) create verbal energy to reflect the visual fun that keeps fresh with varying colored backgrounds. Readers can seek and find the shapes on each page, and assembling them in different ways creates an engaging interactive experience.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442482401
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 415,753
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated numerous celebrated books, including Go, Shapes, Go!; underGROUND; SHOUT!; Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy; Time to Sleep; The Everything Book; Alphabet Under Construction; Count!; In the Tall, Tall Grass; and In the Small, Small Pond, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband, David Powers, with whom she often collaborates.

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated numerous celebrated books, including Go, Shapes, Go!; underGROUND; SHOUT!; Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy; Time to Sleep; The Everything Book; Alphabet Under Construction; Count!; In the Tall, Tall Grass; and In the Small, Small Pond, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband, David Powers, with whom she often collaborates.

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