Orange, Triangle, Fox

Sarah Jones. Blue Manatee (IPG, dist.), $7.99 (14p) ISBN 978-1-936669-21-9
In this triple threat (at least as far as concept books go), Cincinnati-based author/artist Jones makes a strong debut as she explores seven colors, shapes, and animals. On the opening spread, the words “brown circle hedgehog” appear within a white circle at left; at right, an adorable cartoon version of the animal sleeps contentedly on its back, its body the shape of a circle. Elsewhere, a “red square owl” stares off-page, as though trying to remember something, and the jointed legs of a “yellow star frog” give the animal a five-pointed outline. Jones’s clever portraits ooze personality, and will appeal to children and book-buying adults alike. Available simultaneously: Bunnies Near and Far. Up to age 3. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/24/2014
Release date: 04/01/2014
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