Go, shapes, go!

Denise Fleming, 1950-

Book - 2014

Circles, rectangles, ovals, arcs, and more have fun moving about, along with a mischievous mouse that wants to play, too.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Beach Lane Books [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN
9781442482401
1442482400
Main Author
Denise Fleming, 1950- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this early concept book created by the masterful Fleming, a mouse ringmaster opens the shenanigans: "SHAPES are in place and ready to go!" An assortment of neatly labeled shapes such as ovals, circles, and rectangles are featured on the next page. Then the fun gets started: "Slide, SQUARE, and start the show!" Other actions include "Bounce, OVAL, up and down" and "Roll, CIRCLE, round and round." Kids will likely wiggle around, too, as they learn the shapes and act out the motions in the rhyming directives. As the shapes combine, a figure emerges: a monkey! He looks delighted, but the mouse looses control, careening across the page, and crashes into the monkey, sending the individual pieces flying. Tots will collapse in peals of laughter. If the end feels a bit rushed—after a cat is created, the mouse seems to have sudden success rebuilding the monkey—this is still bound to be a repeat favorite. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Tiny paper-collage Mouse gives various cut-paper shapes their marching—and rolling, bouncing, and slithering—orders in Fleming's (Underground) celebration of concepts and perception. With oval wheels that give the impression of a windup mouse, the speedy rodent zooms across Fleming's bold handmade paper backgrounds, directing the shapes on how to assemble themselves: "Slide, SQUARE, and start the show! Bounce, OVAL, up and down.... Flip, thin RECTANGLES. Don't break!"). When each shape has played its part to form a new whole, the resulting monkey looks ready to play. However, in his exuberance, Mouse crashes into the monkey, sending the shapes scattering. And when the rallying cry "SHAPES, find your places!" comes, the paper pieces take on a spirit of their own, reassembling into, not a monkey, but another animal that has Mouse on the run. Though the story reads as a bit scattered, readers will enjoy joining in the puzzlelike fun, guessing what the shapes are forming and imagining how they might reconfigure. The shapes themselves, snipped from decorative handmade paper, are labeled, helping to introduce or reinforce readers' familiarity with them. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Pulp painting and collage art prevail in this creative game. On the first spread, a motorized mouse figure instructs shapes—a small arc, triangle, oval, large arc, circle, two small ovals, two tiny circles, two big rectangles, two thin rectangles, and a square—to rearrange themselves piece by piece to form a monkey. Mouse and Monkey accidentally collide, and the pieces assemble into a cat, then quickly return to the intended form. Fleming's active verbs (bounce, slide, slither, flip) create verbal energy to reflect the visual fun that keeps fresh with varying colored backgrounds. Readers can seek and find the shapes on each page, and assembling them in different ways creates an engaging interactive experience.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA [Page 103]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Circles, rectangles, ovals, arcs, and more have fun moving about, along with a mischievous mouse that wants to play, too.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Join a group of fun-loving shapes as they collaborate and create in this picture book from a Caldecott Honoree.Come along on a creative adventure with a gang of saucy shapes'and a mischievous mouse who wants to play too. Meet circles, rectangles, ovals, arcs, and a triangle and a square as well. Wait till you see what this crowd can make when they're all working together!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Join a group of fun-loving shapes as they collaborate and create in this picture book from a Caldecott Honoree.Come along on a creative adventure with a gang of saucy shapes'and a mischievous mouse who wants to play too. Meet circles, rectangles, ovals, arcs, and a triangle and a square as well. Wait till you see what this crowd can make when they're all working together!