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The beguiling second entry in the innovative shape trilogy by multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.

This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square's friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really?
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Candlewick Press
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Whispering Stories
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com

Last year I reviewed ‘Triangle‘ by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Jon Klassen. This is their second book in what is going to be a trilogy of books about different shapes.

This book follows Square who lives in a secret cave. Every day he goes to the bottom of his cave, chooses a square of rock and carries it outside of his cave. One day whilst doing this, Circle rolls past. She thinks that Square has made the square rocks to look like himself and
Laura Harrison
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liked it better than the first. I wish they had put the trilogy in one picture book or early reader multiple chapter book. The board book format for this series isn't working for me. Board books are typically for the youngest readers. They are primarily purchased because the parents want a sturdy, colorful often classic and learning book. Babies/toddlers are into sucking, teething and chewing on board books. I get that the amazing Barnett is teaching shapes but the stories are rather sophisticat ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Triangle was one of my biggest disappointments last year. BUT it was also the picture book that made the strongest impression, inspired the most discussion, and had me waiting on the edge of my seat for the next book in the series. Soooo….Barnett and Klassen must be doing something right. :)

This is Square’s story.

We meet Square as he’s doing his daily chore of dragging and pushing his square shaped blocks out of his secret cave and up the hill. This is his work. Ci
I have mixed feelings about this book. After my initial reading my only thought was "Why was this so depressing?" and then gave it to my coworker to read to get her opinion. She felt that it was a downer as well.

Thinking about it past my gut feeling, I could see how there are two distinct perspectives in the book and that how we perceive ourselves is different from how others perceive us. Overall the book has potential to be too deep for children but they also can surprise you

I then gave the boo
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The more I read this book, the more I love it.
Benji Martin
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, a book has to sit in your mind for a few days before you can really appreciate it. That’s how it was for me with Square, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s forthcoming book, the follow-up to Triangle.

I came to the book expecting more mischief and sneaky tricks, and I didn’t get that at all. (Although, Triangle is noticeably absent. Who knows what happened when Square got himself unstuck from Triangle’s door. We do know that Jon Klassen doesn’t shy away from grizzly murders. Just saying. It
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These books are so weird.
What can I say? Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are pure genius. Circle asks Square to carve a likeness of her out of stone. Can Square pull it off???
Kristina Jean Lareau
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Kids don’t always get their humor but I read it to them anyway. 🤔😉🤣
Sarah N
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
(4 1/2 STARS) Not quite as funny as its predecessor "Triangle," but I still found this one to be tremendously enjoyable and I'm so glad I bought a copy for my bookshelf! (A+ illustrations from Jon Klassen - as always.)
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mac Barnett is a genius. Or is he really? Hahahaha!

I was hoping for a cameo from Triangle because I loved that book so much, and yet somehow, I found that this book was even more satisfying on a deeper level. I am curious how the kids will react to it. I want to read it as a companion piece and see what they think. Will they get the deeper message? Does it really matter if they don't? Hmmm. It could still be perfect in itself even if they don't.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jon is one of my most favourite Canadian illustrators and his drawings shine here with "Square."

A quick read for any age and fun all around.

They two authors have collaborated on others books which I have put on my to-read list and library holds.

Highly recommended!

May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really, really like the direction this new series is taking. Behind the silly story, there are plenty of opportunities for analysis on a deeper level. Brilliant. So far, I like these better even than the hat series...
Mrs. Krajewski
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one more than Triangle.
Chance Lee
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Follow-up to TRIANGLE features marvelous, subtle artwork by Jon Klassen, and a surprisingly philosophical story from the guy who wrote I LOVE YOU LIKE A PIG.
Shelle Perry
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I am still quite enjoying the artwork, but still not understanding why this series is in a board book format. I had hoped I suppose for more interaction between Triangle and Square in this second installment because there was such a great dynamic between the two in the first book, but the new story was an interesting one. I do feel that Circle was a bit demanding and that detracted for me. Also, I am of two minds about Square. One hand one could say Square thought outside the box (no pun intende ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Every day, Square goes down into his cave and takes a block from the pile below the ground. He pushes the block up and out of the cave. He brings the block to the pile at the top of the hill. This is his work."

Sarah Sammis
Imposter syndrome and tight deadlines. But why oh why does circle have to be female (and I know they would be even before they showed up).
Helen White
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-teen
So sad, the lovely little square moves square blocks all day. Until circle demands a sculpture of himself. Will square make it? Is he a genius? Is he doomed to questioning his self worth and failure? I'm reading too much into it maybe.

Pictures are nice.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute speed read. Square is totally a genius.
Brenda Lower
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book. Made me think a lot about art...
Emma (Miss Print)
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is very strange! In keeping with the series but also with some added existential doubt and art critique for good measure.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I mean the art is John Klassen but the story is crap!
Hilariously droll and surprisingly deep. As always. Illustrations by Jon Klassen created digitally and with watercolor and graphite.
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I can see this book working on multiple levels. It might encourage children that they may overinflate others' expectations of them, so that when they are worried about meeting expectations they will actually be fine. It could also teach them that the modern art world is a scam. Either way.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, early-reader
Joshua Whiting
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I'm so curious to see what my kids will think of this one, they were so mixed on Triangle. Taking it home tonight.
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Wow. Dark and weird and funny. Kind of more of an adult book. You need to read Triangle to fully comprehend Square, and your thoughts about Triangle will change after reading Square.
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Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac now lives near San Francisco. He's on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.
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