Circle, Square, Moose (Hardcover)
Greenwillow Books, 9780062290038, 48pp.
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
In this companion to the acclaimed Z Is for Moose, Moose infiltrates a book about shapes (because he loves shapes, naturally) and it is up to his best friend, Zebra, to restore order and save the day. Another triumph from the award-winning team of Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky.
This hilarious book manages to illustrate a fact or two about shapes while providing a three-dimensional stomping ground for best friends Moose and Zebra. What will happen? Who will save the day? It's all up in the air until the final page, where Moose and Zebra (and Cat, too) create a perfect—and perfectly heartwarming—ending. This stand-alone companion to Z Is for Moose features a multilayered story told through text, asides, conversation bubbles, and pictures. Themes of friendship, exploration, and conflict resolution—and of course the concept of shapes, including the shape of a book—make this an ideal read-aloud for the elementary school classroom and for home!
About the Author
Kelly Bingham has been a storyboard artist, story supervisor, and director and is now a writer. Shark Girl, her first novel, was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Its sequel is Formerly Shark Girl. Kelly Bingham lives with her husband Marty and four children in the town of Ellijay, Georgia.
Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of Anne Isaac's Dust Devil and creator of the now-classic interactive book called The Wheels on the Bus. His retelling of Rapunzel was awarded the 1998 Caldecott Medal. Rumpelstitlskin, Hansel and Gretel and Swamp Angel with different authors all garnered Paul a Caldecott Honor. Since 1991 Paul O. Zelinsky has lived in the same apartment with his wife Deborah in northern Brooklyn, New York.
Praise For Circle, Square, Moose…
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The stars of one of our Best Books of 2012, Z Is for Moose, are back for a fabulous encore about shapes. . . . Bingham and Zelinsky pace this rollicking adventure with clockwork precision, tucking in surprises but never losing sight of their focus: the friendship between Moose and Zebra.”
— Shelf Awareness
“Irrepressible Moose is up to his old tricks, trying to force his way into another concept book. . . . Be prepared to share this book again and again.”
— The Horn Book
“It’s clear that Moose is indeed . . . a star!”
“Madcap chicanery . . . reaches a pitch of surreal delirium. . . . Adults . . . will find the anarchy refreshing; kids will recognize the mash-up world they were born into.”
— New York Times Book Review