The ups and downs of friendship are explored in a geometric romp.
Rosenthal and Lichtenheld (Exclamation Mark, 2013, etc.) rarely disappoint when paired together. From the adorably clever title alone (one hopes the realization of that particular play on words instantly inspired the entire book), readers know they are in for a treat. A simply sketched square, triangle, rectangle, and circle are all friends. They explain why it is good to have pals around. Some of the vignettes are concept-based: the triangle and square form a house, with the rectangle as the red carpet (“Friends make you feel at home”). Others are more literal: an image of the shapes all tilted toward one another is paired with this truism: “Friends are always there for you to lean on.” Friendship is not always easy; sometimes quarrels break out (Lichtenheld’s thick, black outlines become dented and bumpy). But friends never “stay bent out of shape for long.” Chortle. The shapes take turns stacking, turning, and tumbling to portray the many aspects of friendship. But the very best? Friends fill our lives with…a certain word that all four shapes can approximate to spell. Creative minds will delight in figuring it out!
Friends come in all shapes, but these four just may be the sweetest. (Picture book. 4-8)