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By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Circle faces fear of the dark and of the other in cute tale.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Let down

I liked the Triangle book, I loved the Square book, and then this one was such a let down. We turned the last page and couldn't believe that was the end. It was just random and anticlimactic.

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This quirky friendship story uses minimalist art and relatable text to deliver a subtle message about our fear of the other. It may take repeated readings to zero in on what the author is getting at, but Circle works on many levels for kids. It's a story about facing fears, breaking rules, caring for and worrying about our friends. And it ponders why we assume someone we don't know or can't see is bad or threatening.

Jon Klassen's art is minimalist and intriguing, with the three cute shape characters in a mysterious earth-toned landscape, and several pages featuring just pairs of eyes popping out of a solid black background. It invites readers to fill in the bodies and actions that go with the pairs of eyes that are staring at -- and away from -- each other. Circle is offbeat, original, and fun.

Book Details

  • Author: Mac Barnett
  • Illustrator: Jon Klassen
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick
  • Publication date: March 5, 2019
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 7
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Available on: Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: September 25, 2020

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