Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pick of the Week: Shape by Shape

Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald (Little Simon, 2009)

Caldecott Honoree Suse MacDonald takes on the concept of shapes in this new picture book. MacDonald uses bright colors, shapes, and die-cut pages to entertain children as she teaches about shapes. With each turn of the page, a new shape is introduced. The addition of each shapes slowly turns the page into a creature - a final three-page spread of a Brachiosaurus. Fans of Ed Emberly's books, especially his superb die-cut book, Go Away, Big Green Monster!, will quickly note the resemblances. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, admirers of Emberly's work should be pleased with this result.

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