Book review: Starring Shapes!, by Tania Howells

Howells, Tania. Starring Shapes! Kids Can Press. 2015. Unp. $15.95. 9781554537433. Ages 3-8. P7 Q6

Howells Starring ShapesIt’s time for the school play, and all the neighborhood shapes are auditioning. We are introduced to six common shapes and where they are often found in everyday life. The shapes have their own personalities, colors, and goals that evoke memorable characteristics of each one. For instance, the rhombus aspires to be a baseball diamond, the triangle was a point of a star during Diwali, and the yellow circle works part-time as a lemon slice. The underlying premise of casting a school play is not an important part of the book, and has little to do with shapes. While readers are given familiar examples of shapes, and the author chose to use the proper term for diamond, the story seems like an afterthought. Though the illustrations are eye-catching, they are too simple to atone for the lack of a story.

November 2015 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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