ROUND AND ROUND AND SQUARE by Fredun- Illus. Shapur


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Plane geometry makes for flat entertainment here, almost to the degree of Priscilla Jean's pallid and unattractive Pattie Round and Wally Square (1965, p. 469, J-159). Although the Jacket information says that the book"" ... will introduce the young reader ... to a whole world of visual expression, as well as show him something of the elements of design and proportion,"" none of the illustrations can be considered either interesting or attractive examples of good design. The opening pages show squares and circles cut up and arranged in the most obvious and elemental ways. These are then put together to form blockish representations Of trains, houses, the sun and moon, and so on. Two panoramic scenes are confusing, poorly balanced, dis-proportionate arrangements of these figures. The pictures are colored in bright, flat, primary colors, which overlap to form muddy, secondary shades.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1965
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman