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Triangle – Book Review


Triangle

A fun, clever new picture book written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen and published by Walker Books.

Also available at Book Depository: Triangle

 

Also by Mac Barnett:

Mac Barnett is a prolific author of off-the-wall books for kids. Take a look at these:

How This Book Was Made

How This Book Was Made (Book Depository)

 

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn (Book Depository)

 

Also by Jon Klassen:

Jon Klassen is one of those outstanding illustrators whose drawings expand on and even improve on the story written by the author. Whether he writes or illustrates, his projects are well worth a look:

We Found a Hat

We Found A Hat (Book Depository)

 

This Is Not My Hat

This is Not My Hat (Book Depository)

 

I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back (Book Depository)

 

The Book

Triangle lives in a triangular house with a triangular door in a place full of triangular rocks. One day he goes to visit his friend, Square, to play a trick on him. But the trick backfires when Square is not amused and chases Triangle back to his own house – where he can’t get through the triangular door. Whether or not he did it on purpose, Square blocks the light and frightens Triangle in turn.

A simple picture book in semi-board book format, it has something for small and big kids alike. Suitable for ages two to six.

The Pros:

Don’t be fooled by the simple – almost featureless – illustrations. Jon Klassen’s genius is in the expressions and the things you can’t see, as much as the things you can. A wonderful example is the way he draws the faces of the friends at the point when one has played a trick on the other – what they’re thinking is nearly all left up to the imagination of the reader, which is a great way to teach kids about showing and expressing feelings, and how to work out what other people might be thinking. Another great example is when Square realizes he is stuck, but turn it to his own advantage. It’s all in the eyes, and the text doesn’t interfere with the reader’s imagination, either, which is a bonus.

Another pro is in the description of the journey the two friends take. First, Triangle walks past small triangles, then medium triangles, then big triangles. And then he reaches a place where the shapes have no names at all, a great learning concept. Then in turn, he passes big squares, medium squares and small squares on the way to Square’s house. A fun story to help consolidate both the concept of different sized shapes all bearing the same name, and also the differentiation of shapes.

The Cons:

The board book covers are intended (I think) to protect the pages within, but it makes the book bulky to open, and may be more difficult for small hands to manipulate, when reading on their own. And trust me, even tiny kids love the chance to ‘read’ on their own, if books are read to them and made available to them.

Regarding the content, there’s little not to like. A lot of fun with plenty of subtlety for older readers, this book will be a keeper.

The Rating:

Four scoops

<strong style=”text-align: center;”>Our Rating (channeling our love of ice cream, our rating system works the way we like our ice cream: the more scoops the better. Besides, good books should be devoured! </strong>

<h3 style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Best = four scoops):</strong></h3>

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<h2>Four scoops! Can’t talk, busy eating!</h2>

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<h2 style=”text-align: center;”>*****</h2>

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