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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Circle, Triangle, Elephant! A Book of Shapes and Surprises
by Kenji Oikawa and Mayuko Takeuchi
Age Range: Under_5
Circle, Triangle, Elephant! A Book of Shapes and Surprises is an amusing and innovative way to introduce shapes to a young child. Created by award-winning Japanese husband-and-wife illustration team Kenji Oikawa and Mayuko Takeuchi, it is an unexpected take on shapes with bright block-art visuals and rhythmic read-aloud text. To begin there are some traditional shapes – a triangle on top of a circle that is on top of a square; the second page sees this mixed around to circle, rectangle, triangle, but by the third page everything changes with the appearance of a silhouette of an elephant. What is an elephant doing in a book of shapes? From then on the book introduces other objects such as a boat, a lemon, bus and bird.
The sturdy pages of this board book are ideal for repeated use. This Japanese illustration team have created something a little bit different from the more conventional shape books with surprise elements and some daft concepts that are sure to engage and captivate young readers.