Monday, April 24, 2017
By Mac Barnett illustrated by Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press, 2017.
Triangle lives in a triangle place. His house is the shape of a triangle. His door is the shape of a triangle. There are triangle shapes all around his house. One day Triangle decides to play a “sneaky trick” on Square. He travels past all the places where there are triangles, past the places where there are non-shapes, and into the place where there are square shapes to Square’s house. Triangle stands outside Square’s house and hisses like a snake (Square is afraid of snakes). When Square realizes that it was Triangle playing a trick on him, he chases Triangle all the way back to Triangle’s house. Where Square is finally able to get Triangle back. This is a story that seems simple—yet really is very clever. Kids and adults will both enjoy reading this one again and again. And with the great story by Barnett and wonderful illustrations by Klassen, I have a hunch that this will be a classic for many years to come. (And I am hoping that perhaps there will be other adventures with other shapes in this world…) Such fun!