“Circle, Square, Moose” by Kelly Bingham, with pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky, $17.99 (Greenwillow Books). On sale now.
As a mother, I have read countless books to my children — some more enjoyable than others, naturally.
When the colorful “Circle, Square, Moose,” by Kelly Bingham with pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky, landed on my desk a few weeks back, all I could think was “not another shapes book.”
I know, it’s horrible. But as far as children’s books go, shapes books are usually about as fun as brushing teeth. Useful, yes. But interesting? There’s only so many times you can read about triangles before wanting to poke your eyes out with one … I think, at least.
But this book? It’s different. “Circle, Square, Moose” blends the traditional shapes book with a fun story about friendship. The book features a comical moose that interrupts the book at every turn and a rule-abiding zebra that tries to stop him. When the moose and the zebra become entangled in the story flow, the moose finds a way out and ultimately does something sweet to make the zebra smile again.
What I loved about this book is that it was so entertaining to read. Kids will learn shapes and get a giggle out of the moose’s antics. Moreover, it sends a subtle message about how being disruptive can make things more difficult. And the message of friendship between two very different animals? Spot on.
Intended for kids ages 4-8, my 6-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son enjoyed reading this independently. But this is a book that’s fun for adults to read with kids too. That’s always a plus.
Sarah Walker Caron is the senior features editor for the Bangor Daily News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.