Watch This! A Book About Making Shapes – Jane Godwin, designed by Beci Orpin, photographs by Hilary Walker

    Watch This! A Book About Making Shapes – Jane Godwin, designed by Beci Orpin, photographs by Hilary Walker, Scribble, an imprint of Scribe Publications, 9781947534995, 2020 

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? Any book that features photographs of adorable children making different shapes will be a hit with me. This book is so cute because it can be so engaging for even the youngest children. The photographs feature 12 children with various ethnicities and ages (around three to maybe five years old). Some children make shapes all on their own such as a circle or a triangle, but then groups of children will get together to make the same shape. The children start out making basic shapes such as circle, triangle, square, rectangle, semicircle, star, and diamond. Then it gets a little more silly–one girl walking on her hands while another child holds her feet up and kids lined up making wavy lines or zig-zags. Three children even get together to make a small pyramid. At the end of the book, they are all in an exhausted heap on the floor.

The children are dressed in black t-shirts and long pants and they are positioned against colorful backgrounds of polka-dot, checked, and other various designs. This method really helps to set out the design they are creating, so there is no confusion.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children ages one to four years old, especially if they enjoy a little movement and activity along with a book.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of one and four years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Book

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes! This would be an awesome book to read during library storytime programs. The kids will have so much fun learning the different shapes by making them on their own-adults could even get in on the fun!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: June 12, 2020

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