circleI feel at a bit of a disadvantage here. Either I’m missing something on a grand scale, or Circle by Mac Barnet is a very ridiculous and pointless book. And honestly, I’m just rather baffled. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high but I really just don’t understand the purpose of this book. Initially, I had genuinely expected to pick this up and appreciate a cool book that was dedicated to teaching shapes in a fun and newly creative manner and while I will give the author credit for the subtle technique he uses to build the idea of understanding what different shapes are, the book overall felt quite useless.

The entire plot of this short children’s book lies in a game of hide and seek between Circle and his two friends, Square and Triangle. The thing is, Triangle is kind of an awful friend and Circle has to go save him from the potential dangers of a dark cave where they stumble upon something (or really, someone) that spooks them. And that’s basically it. There’s no resolution–though perhaps this is a cliffhanger for a new book–and the entire tale is just rather…lacking. I don’t know what I was expecting, exactly, but I can tell you that what I got is well below it.

The artwork was pleasant to look at and fun in a unique way. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to save it from the unfortunate story. And while perhaps there are many people out there who will enjoy this story–the reviews alone have proven that there are–this book definitely is not for me.

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 


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