Triangle (Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen)

Hello, friends! Today, we read Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, a fun little adventure of two mischievous shapes and their unusual homes.

The book introduces us to Triangle, who is a triangle. He lives in a triangle house with a triangle door. One day, he leaves home to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square, passing through landscapes of triangles (small, medium, and big), squares, and even some shapes that don’t have names. At last, he arrives at Square’s house, where he hides and makes snake noises to frighten his friend (Square is deathly afraid of snakes, you see). After his initial fright, Square scolds Triangle, giving chase and following him back across the distance to Triangle’s house, hoping to find some revenge.

Like many of Barnett and especially Klassen’s books, it’s really hard to do the book justice in a plot summary – the charm is in the unusual characters, strange environments, and deadpan humor. But this one is a charmer – a whimsically silly story with droll text, accompanied by offbeat yet oddly soothing art. It’s a good length for little readers, and JJ enjoyed it. This is a subtle book, but decidedly fun and silly, and makes for an enjoyable read. We can recommend it, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!


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