Circle by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

Dynamic duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen return in the final of their Shape trilogy. This time we have Circle as the main character. Circle suggests to her friends Square and Triangle that they play a game of hide and seek, with one rule – don’t go behind the waterfall because it is dark. After Circle finishes counting, Square informs her that Triangle has gone behind the waterfall. Circle goes to find her friend and with each page the scene gets darker until only Circle’s eyes can be seen. When another set of eyes appears Circle assumes them to belong to Triangle, until a third set becomes visible and they run out in fright. Circle later wonders who the eyes belonged to and what shape might they have been? This is a gentle message about rule-breaking but more importantly about how things aren’t as scary as they may seem.

Morgana Keating works as a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn

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Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

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