Written by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
This is the story of Square and his daily chore of carrying blocks from his cave below the ground to the top of the hill. One day Circle is passing and decides that Square is a sculpture and wants him to make her a circle. She thinks Square is a genius. Square tries all day and into the night, chipping away at a block of rock. All he does is manage to break it into small pieces, and when it starts to rain he collapses and sleeps. When Circle returns the following day she sees what Square has made. Circle declares once more that Square is a genius, and the audience is asked at the end, “But is he really?”.
Like its predecessor Triangle, this creation between two of the best in picturebook world is wonderful. The same earthy colour palette is used to depict the sparse location in which the shapes live. Illustrations and writing are minimalist, and collaborate beautifully together. The otherwise inanimate objects of shapes are given character through eye detail and position, very clever. Direction and colour are used well, as is shape, of course!
Square would make a wonderful read aloud and many activities can be planned based on this wonderful picturebook. Read my review of Triangle here. The activity suggestions can easily be transferred to Square.
Many thanks to Walker Books Australia for supplying this book for review.