Tangled: A Story About Shapes by Anne Miranda, illustrated by Eric Comstock

 Tangled: A Story About Shapes by Anne Miranda, illustrated by Eric Comstock, A Paula Wiseman Book/Simon & Schuster, 9781481497213 (hardback), 2019.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? The neighborhood shapes are climbing on the jungle gym in the park playground, and following circle’s lead, one by one they get trapped and tangled – all 16 of them! They “push and pull, and tumble, and cry for help” all to no avail. Finally, the narrow line rushes to the rescue and hatches a plan that will free the shapes at last. With a little ingenuity and basic knowledge of simple machinery, narrow line’s efforts are a success! The colorful retro illustrations add depth and dimension to the story, and the Gallery of Shapes displayed on the endpapers make for a charming review of the correct geometric terminology.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a great text to introduce a variety of shapes to younger elementary students as part of a geometry unit. The creative storyline also would work quite nicely as a read aloud just for fun!

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books or math read aloud collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 7/9/19

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