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Author: Judith Snyder

Illustrator: Brad Davies

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Publisher: Odyssey Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Take a shape, and try to figure out what the rest of the picture should be! First, a red circle. "Look at it sideways. Look down from the top. Turn it around. Then try a flip-flop. What do you see?" On the next page, we find the circle could be a cherry or a tire swing! There are nine shapes in all, and it ends with finding a friend to go find some more. Use this picture book to teach shapes and imagination. It is designed for interactive reading.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 1.1

Age of Child: Read with boys ages 4 and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys really liked this book the first time, but the second and third readings were less challenging because they had memorized what the shapes were.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the book the first time, but I found it less useful the second and third readings, as my boys predicted what the next page did with the shapes, instead of using their imaginations to think up something new. The punch line had already been thrown, and defeated the (my) purpose with reading the book. However, we used this book to jump in and create our own shapes and see what we could do with them. We took plain paper, drew a random shape, and tried to draw the rest of the picture around what we thought that shape started out to be.

Pros: By asking questions, the book sparks imagination and gets young readers thinking.

Cons: It is pretty much a one-and-done book. It isn't helpful with additional readings.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. For parents, borrow the book. For educators, might be worth an investment because it is a fun read, even if you only use it one time each year to complement other books.


Educational Themes: This is a great book for visualization and would be an EXCELLENT choice in a K-2 classroom for a single activity where the kids take shapes and create the rest of the picture form their imagination. It would likely be used once per year.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, shapes, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2012

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at and


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