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When his friend Circle asks him to do her portrait after praising him as a sculptor and genius, Square struggles to carve her likeness from a stone block.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780763696078
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon - Illustrator


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forbesrachel Jan 07, 2019

In the second of the Shapes trilogy, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen turn to the square, who is a bit of a square in terms of personality. Square works in a cave Minecraft style, cutting out perfectly four-sided blocks, and moving them up the hill. This is his job and the totally of his purpose. But then along comes Circle, who believes that he is doing something more extraordinary. The floating, round ball, actually believes he is a genius sculptor, and requests one to be made in her likeness. What follows is a personal crisis, as Square tries to make something "perfect". As with their other collaborations, Square is funny with very engaging dialogue, and the illustrations say volumes about what the writing is leaving unsaid. This one also gives readers pause at the end, making us think about the nature of creative "genius" works.

Nov 18, 2018

If you don’t understand your genius, then how can you know you are a genius?

Square has a secret cave where he pushes blocks of stone up the steps. This is his job and he liked it. He was visited one day by Circle who thought he was an artist, a genius sculptor, who could make art that looked like himself. Circle asked Square to make a sculpture that looked like her. She would be back the next day to view his genius. Square wasn’t sure what to do. He pounded the square block and created a mess of crumbles and it was raining. He thought about how he had not created a circle and wondered where his genius was. When Circle returned the next day, she thought he was still a genius. Can you imagine why?

This seemingly simplistic read is great for beginners. The basic black and white illustrations share circle and square shapes that appear to be primitive. There is a hidden message that readers can unfold with their own life experiences. Readers can also determine if this read has a message of accident or coincidence. Parents and teachers can open up dialogue to help readers decide for themselves as well as discuss shapes and even create their own work of art using shapes.

IndyPL_KatieB Oct 23, 2018

This book is laugh out loud funny while still touching on the topic of anxiety and perfectionism. A great book for nervous kids and adults who need a reminder that sometimes mistakes lead to wonderful things.

ArapahoeKati Jun 21, 2018

I found myself laughing when I read this.

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