This Is a Book of Shapes - by Kenneth Kraegel (Board Book)

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About this item


Dimensions (Overall): 7.4 Inches (H) x 7.3 Inch (W) x .7 Inch (D)
Weight: .85 Pounds
Suggested Age: 0-3 Years
Number of Pages: 30
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Animals
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Format: Board Book
Author: Kenneth Kraegel
Book theme: General
Language: English
Street Date: April 21, 2020
TCIN: 79680260
UPC: 9781536207019
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-9163
Origin: Made in the USA


About the Book

What begins as a concept book about everyday shapes soon defies expectations with a series of funny and imaginative twists.

Book Synopsis

The creator of King Arthur's Very Great Grandson and Green Pants switches gears with a slyly silly introduction to shapes--just watch out for the emus!

First comes the circle. Then the square and the triangle. Then the . . . emu pushing a pancake wagon down a hill? What begins as a concept book about everyone's geometric favorites soon defies expectations with a series of funny and imaginative twists. Award-winning author-illustrator Kenneth Kraegel pairs a deadpan text with simple wood-grained shapes, interspersed with vibrant illustrations of animals engaged in hilariously absurd pastimes. Each page turn builds on the delicious anticipation the contrast creates to make this a unique and rollicking story-time hit.

Review Quotes

Concept books come with expectations, and everybody knows them. Mastering basic shapes is a key element for preschool readiness, and everybody knows that. Kraegel breaks, most delightfully, from the program, throwing his audience off balance with one change-up and then another, until this rudimentary lesson is so swamped with giggles that tykes might forget they're learning.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

--Wall Street Journal

About The Author

Kenneth Kraegel is the author-illustrator of three picture books--Green Pants, The Song of Delphine, and King Arthur's Very Great Grandson, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year--as well as the first chapter book Wild Honey from the Moon. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his family.
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1 inches length x 7.31 inches width x 7.56 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.312 pounds
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4.9 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
SBell2020 - 2 years ago
I love that this book caught my attention and was not what I expected whenever I opened it. It is a funny but helps kids learn their shapes and even colors if you wanted. I would highly recommend buying this for your toddler!
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Azu - 2 years ago
This book is very funny. I enjoy reading this book to my toddler.
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Everyone needs a shape book, and this is the beat!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
SPtarget22 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I don’t find many shape books - I LOVE this one because it’s simple and the perfect amount of quirk and can make you and your little one giggle!
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Shapes, Smiles & Lots More!

5 out of 5 stars
Tickmenot - 3 years ago
This board book may seem to start out like many other shape books until page is reached. That is until page seven and everything goes downhill, literally when an emu appears, with a wagon full of pancakes going down a hill. This tongue in cheek children’s book will keep adults laughing as little ones enjoy more shapes and more animals doing outrageous things. There is a porpoise reading knock-knock jokes and a rhinoceros doing even sillier things. This is a large book over seven inches wide and tall, filled with sturdy pages. Instead of a children’s book that makes the kids giggle, this one will make BOTH the adults and children laugh as they go through it. But it does fulfill its mission as a shape book, with some extras—along with smiling faces, and an instant good time. I highly recommend this 5+ star book to babies through age three. It is the best shape book I have ever seen! Candlewick Press has provided Tickmenot with a complimentary copy of, This is a Book of Shapes, for the purpose of review.
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