Friday, June 7, 2013

Picturebook Review: Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Perfect Square
by Michael Hall
Published by Greenwillow Books
Illustration is acrylic monotype ink prints

Goodreads Description:
A perfect square is transformed in this adventure story that will transport you far beyond the four equal sides of this square book. 

My Review:
Perfect Square is one of my favorite picture books! I'm really excited to share this one today. 

I was first attracted to this book by the crooked smile on the book cover. It is very welcoming and carefree, which is a perfect introduction to this book. 
The endpages are bright orange and flipping through the pages creates the most colorful array of pages. This book is meant to be fun, playful, and even played with. 

It is the story of a perfectly happy square who becomes increasingly less square. Yet the square, though clipped, crumpled, and torn, makes the best of each change. It even creates beautiful images. Every new transformation is something creative and playful. This book could be used for so many different purposes. Besides being a very entertaining read, it displays shapes, art, days of the week, and adaptation. 

The illustrations are beautiful as well. The pages are very bright and the repurposed square even changes textures. The artwork is simple yet powerful; it is perfect for the intended audience. The pages are all very bold and filled with positive space. The font is large, bold, and contrasts the colorful images. I really can't find anything I don't like in the illustrations.

At the end of this story, readers may find that a perfect square is much more confining than they once thought, and a few small changes can have endless possibilities. 

I give this five out of five foxes for being a fantastic read and experience. 

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