The world is divided on whether they love, hate or just don’t get these books by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. I fall firmly in the former camp. Square is visually innovative 0763696072.medand brings in a bit of philosophy for kids, to boot.

Square does the very same job every day, but when Circle comes along and declares him an artist, a sculpture, a Genius!, Square doesn’t know what she’s talking about. He tries to measure up to those things she called him. He fails, miserably, though when Circle comes back, she thinks he’s outdone himself.

What does it mean to be a genius? If someone labels you a genius, or any other label, does it mean it’s true? This picture book tackles this in a funny and aesthetically stunning way.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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