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Shape by Shape
     

Shape by Shape

by Suse MacDonald
 

What am I?
I lived a long, long time ago.
I had round eyes…
lots of sharp teeth…

This new concept book from Caldecott Honor illustrator Suse MacDonald is sure to entertain children. As readers turn the brightly colored, die cut pages, shapes on each page come together to reveal a creature from long ago. Page by page, MacDonald’

Overview

What am I?
I lived a long, long time ago.
I had round eyes…
lots of sharp teeth…

This new concept book from Caldecott Honor illustrator Suse MacDonald is sure to entertain children. As readers turn the brightly colored, die cut pages, shapes on each page come together to reveal a creature from long ago. Page by page, MacDonald’s bright, cut-paper, collage-style artwork transforms circles into eyes and triangles into scales until a familiar creature is revealed, with the aid of a large fold-out page, on the final spread.

This 9 X 9 jacketed hardcover has die-cut cardstock pages.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
This wonderful new concept book by Caldecott Honor award winner Suse MacDonald will delight and entertain young readers immediately. The brightly-colored die cut circles, diamond, crescents, ovals, squares, and triangles on each page merge, blend, and overlay as the pages are turned, revealing a beloved creature from long ago. This hybrid text combines narrative and nonfiction in a most delightful way, fully engaging young readers with the mystery of the story while teaching them about shapes. With the turn of each page, readers can see specific shapes come together to create a magnificent animal. From the two small black circles on the first page, young readers are immediately enticed to move on and discover how the addition of the next shape continues the visual transformation. The question first asked of the reader combines with the compounding visual clues to create a sense of suspense and curiosity that makes this colorful unique text a real page-turner! This book will bring great pleasure to readers because it is interactive, thought-provoking, interpretive, and fun. Young children can read this book independently because of its simple text and obvious picture clues, or they can enjoy it with an adult reading partner who can help them practice one-to-one correspondence in print, making predictions, and analyzing picture clues. All in all, this delightful interactive story is a must-read for young children. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Reviewer: Susan Borges
Publishers Weekly
MacDonald (Alphabet Animals) uses die-cut pages to demonstrate how geometric shapes can build larger, recognizable forms. Against a bright yellow backdrop, two black circles peer back as the text reads, “Do you know what I am? I lived a long, long time ago.” Little by little, the creature is given shape: “I had round eyes” (when the page is turned and circles added, the black pupils of the creature get yellow irises. Next up: “Lots of sharp teeth” (nine white triangles), “a fierce glance” (a wide crescent) and “many, many scales” (lime green diamonds), bring the animal to life. The final fold-out spread reveals the prehistoric creature in full. Younger readers might not fully grasp the concept, but the nifty design produces a satisfying effect. Ages 3–7. (June)
School Library Journal

Pres-Gr 1

According to a note to parents, this book is intended to help children notice the shapes that appear around them by presenting an animal that has been created from them. Beginning with two circles, the boldly colored spreads layer die-cut shapes one on top of another to make a final image. The left-hand pages offer short clues about the creature that is being assembled (e.g., "I had round eyes"). On the right, dark purple pages mask the upcoming die cuts and identify each newly introduced shape. The completed creature unfolds and stretches across three pages, revealing "A Brachiosaurus." However, the sharp, seemingly ferocious teeth are at odds with the typical depiction of this large herbivore. Overall, this work does not shape up as a dinosaur book, but may be useful as an additional purchase to reinforce visual skills.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
In previous works MacDonald has proven to be a master of concepts by playing with space, design and clever construction. However, her latest creation takes a simpler approach. As the title suggests, readers layer single die-cuts with each page turn, shape by shape, until a prehistoric surprise is revealed at the end. Reminiscent of a certain Big Green Monster, this model is nothing new, but the author/illustrator knows what kids like. Bright, clean shapes pop against solid backgrounds, and a favorite lumbering dinosaur expands to fill the final gatefold. To be forewarned, there are sharp teeth aplenty, but they are contained within a wide grin, and the semicircles that illustrate the "fierce glance" give the dino a dopey, friendly appearance instead. Plus, the sweetest shape of all is not forgotten-his heart. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416971474
Publisher:
Little Simon
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
436,027
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Suse MacDonald published her

first book, Alphabatics, for

Simon & Schuster in 1986. This

book won a Caldecott Honor in

1987, kicking off a prolific and

successful career. Suse

continues to write and

illustrate books for children, including, most

recently, Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting

Round and Round and Alphabet Animals: A

Slide-and-Peek Adventure for Little Simon. Suse

loves to work in her studio and finds pleasure

in encouraging readers to make their own

artistic discoveries. Suse lives in San Diego,

California, with her husband, Stuart.

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