Title: Triangle (Shapes #1)
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Book format: Hardback
Description: This book is about Triangle. One day Triangle leaves his house to play a sneaky trick on his friend. Or at least that is Triangle’s plan.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: I do like this book. The cover is especially intriguing featuring nothing more than a picture of Triangle. Like the name suggests this book follows Triangle as he plans to play a trick on his friend Square. The story is a fun one with Triangle playing his trick, but it backfires a little and ends with a funny, if slightly odd, twist. The twist at the end of the book is unexpected and the last page leaves you with a question rather than just ending which is good fun in getting kids more involved even after the story has been read.
I love the illustrations in this book. I was first introduced to Jon Klassen’s style with the book ‘We Found A Hat’, also by Walker Books, and this book follows in that amazing visual humour. Most of the images look like printed shapes rather than being drawn freehand, and the expressions of character’s faces is somehow very funny in a way I think adults will love.
This book is a hard back but not at all glossy. Although the picture doesn’t show it, the books right-hand edges are rounded with no sharp points making this book easier for smaller hands to hold, however the pages inside are very papery rather than glossy so it depends on the child as to whether you’d want them handling the book.
The story is fun and I love the twist but I didn’t enjoy this as much as ‘We Found A Hat’. The ending was a bit odd to me and although I love the illustrations I was expecting a little more. However it’s a great book for kids and one which many adults might enjoy.
Have you read any of the Shapes trilogy yet? What do you think of the style of illustration? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂