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The artwork in the book is compelling, as is the playful way to introduce shape recognition. The story itself is not good...it indroduc s the concept of being afraid of snakes and being afraid of the dark — which is a horrible thing to do for children who do not have these fears!!! Also, the triangle and square characters are unkind to each other, and play tricks to make the other one scared. Really poor storytelling for young children.
Thought I was going to really like this book based on other reviews. Why does no one mention that it seems to encourage bullying? The theme is basically about playing tricks on people using their deepest fears. I would say there is a clear difference between a funny "sneaky trick" and finding the thing a person is most afraid of and scaring them with it.
This is an adorable story, and the preschoolers with whom I shared it loved the sneaky personality of Triangle. The problem is that the cover of this hardback book is made like a poor-quality board book, and it started to split into layers immediately. I have no idea why the decision was made at the publisher level to construct the book this way, but there is no way I can add it to my school library. With kids, if there's a string, they'll pull it--if there's an edge, they'll pick it--etc.
My 2-year old loved this the moment we opened it, but I found it quite disturbing. Why would you think scaring your friends is fun? The book is conveniently lost for now, but if I could out the text and think of a nicer story, I might reintroduce it.
Honestly there really isn't anything to this story... I was expecting a clever ending but.... nothing... If these guys didn't have massive hits before I pretty sure this book would never be published. Sadly an utter disappointment :(