Monday, May 14, 2018

Square by Mac Barnett - OPTIONAL

Barnett, Mac  Square, illustrated by Jon Klassen.  PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick Press, 2018. $16.  9780763696078  

Square lives in a cave and his job is to move square rocks up the mountainside and stack them at the top.  One day when Circle comes by, she praises Square for being a brilliant sculpture and asks Square to make a sculpture of her.  Square works all night, but can’t cut the bolder into a circle, but when Circle returns she sees all the chipped off pieces that fell in the form of a circle and she thinks Square is a genius.  The last page reads, “But was he really?”  

This book makes the reader ask what it means to be an artist-does it take someone else telling you that you are?  The illustrations are different shades of blacks, browns and light blue and are simple but still add to the telling of the story.  I think younger readers might leave this story confused and Square seems like a sad character.  

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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