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Title:
Circle, square, Moose
Author:
Bingham, Kelly L., 1967-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Summary:
When Zebra and his enthusiastic friend Moose are asked to exit a book about shapes, Moose has other plans.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Ages 4-8.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780062290038

9780062290045
Format :
Book

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Summary

In this companion to the acclaimed Z Is for Moose, Moose infiltrates a book about shapes (because he loves shapes, naturally) and it is up to his best friend, Zebra, to restore order and save the day. Another triumph from the award-winning team of Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky.

This hilarious book manages to illustrate a fact or two about shapes while providing a three-dimensional stomping ground for best friends Moose and Zebra. What will happen? Who will save the day? It's all up in the air until the final page, where Moose and Zebra (and Cat, too) create a perfect--and perfectly heartwarming--ending. This stand-alone companion to Z Is for Moose features a multilayered story told through text, asides, conversation bubbles, and pictures. Themes of friendship, exploration, and conflict resolution--and of course the concept of shapes, including the shape of a book--make this an ideal read-aloud for the elementary school classroom and for home!


Author Notes

Kelly Bingham is a children's author and illustrator. Her early professional life began with a degree in animation from Cal Arts. She went on to work at Walt Disney Feature Animation for several years. She worked on films including Atlantis, Hercules, The Emperorer's New Groove and Tarzan. She then proceeded to earn a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. After that she left animation and decided to write full time.

Her title Circle, Square, Moose made The New Zealand Best Seller List in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Why can't a book about shapes also be about animals? There's no good reason that the irrepressible Moose (last seen in Z Is for Moose, 2012) can think of, so he takes it upon himself, with the help of Zebra and a triangle-eared cat, to liven up the authoritarian narrator's straightforward attempt at teaching concepts. As in Moose, an alphabet book of sorts, the colorful presentation here has a metafictional, tumble-off-the-page layout, although this title's pace is slightly more rambunctious and the concept slightly more contrived. It's certainly no less fun, and even kids who already know their shapes (the target audience, really) may start, in spite of themselves, to buy Moose's attempts to convince everyone that he's a rectangle and makes a better diamond than anything on an old queen's crown. He's just so darn enthusiastic, so who cares that he constantly interrupts the rhyme, and by the time readers learn about curves, things are really tangled up? Nobody, that's who, as by the end, it's clear that Moose is indeed the last shape introduced a star!--Medlar, Andrew Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. Having thoroughly disrupted an alphabet book in Z Is for Moose, Bingham and Zelinsky's enthusiastically in-the-way quadruped has his way with a primer on shapes. Bingham gives the unseen narrator a sickly sweet tone, complete with predictable rhymes, though Moose's interruptions (such as eating the sandwich used to demonstrate as a square) quickly raise hackles. "You are ruining the book. This is a book about shap-" begins the narrator, before another new arrival, the referee Zebra from the previous book, pops in, resulting in a metafictional chase that has the animals "crinkling" pages, getting tangled in acres of ribbon, and falling down a hole into a sort of picture-book void. It's wild fun, and adults could probably even use the book to explore shapes with children, if they can get them to stop laughing long enough. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Bingham's irrepressible protagonist from Z Is For Moose (Greenwillow, 2012) and his long-suffering friend Zebra return in this hilarious book about shapes. The offstage narrator begins quite serenely, introducing common shapes represented by everyday objects like a button and a sandwich. When Moose swipes the square but apparently delicious sandwich, the narrator objects but forges ahead to triangles (a wedge of cheese or a piece of pie). Dressed in his striped jersey, Moose cheerfully points out that a cat's ears are also triangular. Unfortunately, this is not a book about animals, and Moose and the feline are asked to leave. Undeterred, Moose continues to insert himself into the following pages showcasing rectangles and diamonds. Suddenly, Zebra, sporting his referee's shirt, appears to handle the situation. Despite Zebra's efforts, Moose and his feline companion continue to barge through the parade of shapes. They dash by a wall of square bathroom tiles and knock over a checkerboard. Eventually, Moose tangles Zebra in a long, curvy ribbon, but they manage to make their escape through a circular hole in the ground. Fed up, the narrator tells them, "You can finish this book YOURSELVES." The friends come up with a gratifying conclusion using Zebra's favorite shape, the star. Zelinsky sets Moose's antics against colorful, geometric backgrounds. He cleverly portrays the characters cavorting in and out of the energetic mixed-media illustrations. For a laugh-filled story hour, pair this title with Doreen Cronin's equally zany Click Clack Moo (S. & S., 2000).-Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.