Shape by Shape

Suse MacDonald, Author, Suse MacDonald, Illustrator . S&S $14.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-4169-7147-4

MacDonald (Alphabet Animals ) uses die-cut pages to demonstrate how geometric shapes can build larger, recognizable forms. Against a bright yellow backdrop, two black circles peer back as the text reads, “Do you know what I am? I lived a long, long time ago.” Little by little, the creature is given shape: “I had round eyes” (when the page is turned and circles added, the black pupils of the creature get yellow irises. Next up: “Lots of sharp teeth” (nine white triangles), “a fierce glance” (a wide crescent) and “many, many scales” (lime green diamonds), bring the animal to life. The final fold-out spread reveals the prehistoric creature in full. Younger readers might not fully grasp the concept, but the nifty design produces a satisfying effect. Ages 3–7. (June)

Reviewed on: 06/29/2009
Release date: 06/01/2009
Genre: Children's
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