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.
About the Author
Mac Barnett is the author of numerous books for children, including five illustrated by Jon Klassen: Square; The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Award winner; Triangle; Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Award winner and a Caldecott Honor Book; and Extra Yarn, which received a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Mac Barnett lives in California.
Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Award winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book; This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal; and We Found a Hat. He is also the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor books, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, both written by Mac Barnett. Jon Klassen lives in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is definitely a book to get for your children. They will ask to read it over and over. Circle and his friends, Square and Triangle, are playing hide and seek when Triangle breaks the rules. He goes behind the waterfall. Circle goes to find his friend. He gets mad at Triangle but is relieved when he finally finds him. This book is about shapes but has a good message about following the rules, putting yourself and others in danger if you don’t and putting aside your fears to help a friend. I loved that the book was about shapes. It repeated the shape’s names throughout to help children learn them through repetition. The underlining themes are important, as well. Teaching children to understand the consequences of their behavior is important. Circle is a good friend because he puts aside his fear to look for Triangle. The dialogue and illustrations are simple but effective. The colors are neutral which, rather than detract from the story enhance it. I received an ARC from Candlewick Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
Circle is the third book in the children’s shapes trilogy by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. The first two books in the series were Triangle and Square. One day friends Triangle and Square visited Circle. The three decided to play a game. Circle said she would close her eyes and the other two were to hide. They were allowed to hide anywhere except for behind Circle’s waterfall. Circle closed her eyes and when she opened them Square was standing in front of her. He pointed at the waterfall and said Triangle had hidden behind it. Circle was a little annoyed and went to find Triangle. In the dark cave behind the waterfall though it would seem that Triangle and Circle weren’t alone. Who or what could be waiting for them in the dark? The Shapes Trilogy of books have all been fun to read. They are a little unusual and the illustrations are a bit dark and not much happening but this is what makes the books stand out from the crowd. The story is interesting and different, I can see kids trying to guess who is hidden in the dark. It’s just a shame that the series is only a trilogy as I would have loved to read about many other shapes and their adventures.