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By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Shapes play pranks in simple, funny friendship story.

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Two shapes who are friends are also merry pranksters who enjoy a good practical joke in this story about a feisty friendship between a triangle and a square. The cover of Triangle shows the titular character but no title, and Mac Barnett’s text is as deadpan. It's fun that the place Triangle lives is completely triangular, while Square's world is just as square. And in between there’s a mysterious stretch of rocky shapes with no names. These friends have to travel far to see each other and are not above giving each other a good scare.

Illustrator Jon Klassen draws Triangle and Square with stick legs and his characteristic shifty eyes. The art is blocky and earth-toned and the vistas vast. Kids will enjoy the fun and come away with a solid grounding in two shapes.

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