Book review: Frida and Bear play the shape game!, by Anthony Browne, illustrated by Hanne Bartholin and Anthony Browne

Browne, Anthony. Frida and Bear play the shape game! Illustrated by Hanne Bartholin and Anthony Browne. Candlewick Press, 2016. Unpaged. $15.99. ISBN 9780763678371. Ages 4-7. P7Q7

Frida the elephant and Bear enjoy drawing together.  When Bear cannot think of anything new to draw, he and Frida come up with the shape game: one draws a shape and the other turns it into a picture.  The story itself is rather thin, but as an introduction to a fun drawing game, this is excellent.  Illustrations from two artists highlight the difference between the drawings of the two characters.

Verdict: Give this to your favorite art teacher or share it with children on a rainy Sunday.   Recommended for kindergarten, elementary and public libraries.

November 2016 review by Jane Cothron.


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