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My son has been obsessed with these books for years, and we completed his series with getting Circle for his birthday. He absolutely loved it, and once again we all love the stories of Circle, Triangle and Square!
I love all of the books in this trilogy and have enjoyed reading them to my son. Do they have an obvious point? No. Are they beautifully illustrated and entertaining? Yep. My only complaint about 'Circle' is that it is the third installment ('Triangle' is the first, followed by 'Square') yet Triangle claims that he is 'now afraid of the dark' after disobeying Circle's request, even though that was established in the first book after Square played his sneaky trick on Triangle. But am I looking too much into the character development and plot of a children's books about anthropomorphic shapes? Absolutely.
Barnett's story and Klassen's illustrations are once again the perfect pairing in this final installation of the Shape Trilogy. It is satisfying to finally see all three characters interact and the resulting interplay is humorous. One thing that I have loved about all of these books is that there is not necessarily an explicit moral to learn from the story, there is enough moralizing in the world of children's books, and that holds true with "Circle," which leaves us with an ending that is open to interpretation and to the imagination. And yet, children can certainly explore what it means to be a good friend and what it means to be open to new possibilities as we face our fears.
We were delighted with the arrival of this book at nursery. My class counted down the days until it came. They love the humour of these stories. This one is great fun and has a bit of mystery and ideas to think about, as do the previous two books. My class would like to have even more of these, so we’re hoping for some more shape books in the future. These are great books, we adore the illustrations and with a bit of adult support the children can totally engage with the story.
As with Triangle and Square, this book is simply a delight. This trio of books has sparked a hunt for all the Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen books (together and individually), the humor of text with art is charming for parents, and once we start laughing (and have trouble reading) the kids start laughing. Triangle and Square were a huge hit with my daughter’s kindergarten class, “sneaky trick” has made it into our regular household banter, and if I go back again as a “mystery reader”, Circle will be my first choice. It’s great fun. I sincerely hope the pair do more together, we’re huge fans.