Author(s): Barbara Kanninen; Serge Bloch (Artist)
A clever and spirited rhyming story of friends who literally come in all shapes and sizes
When Circle rolls into one of Triangle's points and pops, chaos momentarily ensues until Octagon's "Stop " brings everyone to their senses. An effortlessly rhyming text introduces us to a collection of shapes and subtly weaves their physical characteristics into traits that both lead to and solve a would-be catastrophe. Master illustrator Serge Bloch's shapes are accompanied by a chorus of miniature people who play along, creating the perfect complement to Barbara Kanninen's economy of words. Worthy of comparison to Shel Silverstein's The Missing Piece, this raucous chain of events is satisfyingly cyclical, ending just exactly where it began.
"The illustrations are as simple as the story, playful and clear. It is clearly a book written to conform to the wishes of children, not how we wish children to be, but nonetheless adeptly communicates both geometry and personal responsibility." --Fatherly
Jason Fulford is a photographer, graphic designer, and cofounder of the nonprofit J&L Books. He is a contributing editor at Blind Spot and a frequent lecturer at universities. His monographs include Sunbird, Crushed, Raising Frogs for $$$, The Mushroom Collector and Hotel Oracle.
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