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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Circle, Square, Moose, written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Greenwillow, Harper. 2014. $21.99 ages 4 and up

"What about that
sandwich you had
for lunch?

That is a ...

And if you look
closely at a square
you will see that ... "

Before the author can get the rest of the sentence finished concerning squares, she is already urging Moose:


Too late ... the square shape of the sandwich has been transformed!

I fell in love with Moose when he managed to totally crush Zebra's stage production of the alphabet. I love reading that story to eager audiences who can't help but hoot at Moose's antics. Now, he's taking on shapes. It begins innocently enough ... until Moose can't resist that sandwich. Let the mayhem begin!

The book does some talking to try to curb Moose's enthusiasm for its shapes. Moving on, the triangle is introduced. Moose knows what a triangle is. While it may be a piece of pie or a sail, Moose prefers a cat with triangle-shaped ears. The two are asked to leave as they are messing up the learning that the book is trying to impart. Then,, the temptation is too much when the rectangle is introduced.

The pace grows more frantic as Moose lets his excitement overwhelm. When Zebra comes to the rescue, the chase is on. What chaos ensues! A 'curvy' ribbon puts a stop to Zebra's pursuit when he becomes totally entangled in it. Now, it's Moose to the rescue!

There is as much to love about this second book as there was to love in the first one (Z Is for Moose 2012). I am a huge fan. Ms. Bingham and Mr. Zelinsky are a perfect pair to create comical
stories about an exuberant Moose!  There is so much action, such expression and a duo of memorable characters that make you hope this will not be the last time we see them. Hang in there, Zebra. I think that Moose has enough enthusiasm for a future romp. I certainly hope so.

 Zany, and totally engaging.

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