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"Innovative and thoroughly enjoyable."-Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Best-selling picture book creator Christopher Silas Neal is diving into the world of original board books with Animal Shapes, a book that humorously mashes up animals and shapes to create a unique and funny object!
When a cozy cat meets a circle, they make a . . .
In this delightful board book with striking images, Christopher Silas Neal combines animals and shapes to form a unique, inventive objective. Children will have endless fun guessing what brand-new, made-up animal will appear next! This book will have kids playing and guessing with each reread!
About the Author
Christopher Silas Neal is an illustrator and designer who has published numerous celebrated picture books. He is the illustrator of Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Chronicle Books) as well as Over and Under the Snow (Chronicle Books), which won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award Honor and the Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text. Neal lives in Brooklyn, New York.
You think you know shapes? Animals? Blend them together, and you might see them both a little differently!
What a mischievous twist on a concept book! With wordplay and a few groan-inducing puns, Neal creates connections among animals and shapes that are both unexpected and so seemingly obvious that readers might wonder why they didn't see them all along. Of course, a "lazy turtle" meeting an oval would create the side-splitting combo of a "SLOW-VAL." A dramatic page turn transforms a deeply saturated, clean-lined green oval by superimposing a head and turtle shell atop, with watery blue ripples completing the illusion. Minimal backgrounds and sketchy, impressionistic detailing keep the focus right on the zany animals. Beginning with simple shapes, the geometric forms become more complicated as the book advances, taking readers from a "soaring bird" that meets a triangle to become a "FLY-ANGLE" to a "sleepy lion" nonagon "YAWN-AGON." Innovative and thoroughly enjoyable.
— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW