Author(s): Kenji Oikawa and Mayuko Takeuchi
A clever and refreshing approach to learning about shapes, with a bit of silliness mixed in
This unexpected take on shapes offers a breath of fresh air within this well-established toddler concept genre. With bright block-art visuals and a rhythmic, read-aloud text, this book begins by offering familiar shapes - a triangle, a circle, and a square - and then throws an elephant into the equation: triangle, elephant, circle. Surely an elephant doesn't belong in a book on shapes... or does it? The joy of the unexpected, including guest appearances by boats, lemons, and other random but recognizable silhouettes, in a shape-driven narrative will prompt giggles and squeals, as children build skills of labelling and classifying.
"A breath of fresh air within the well-established toddler concept genre."-PrimaryTimes.Net "What a lovely shape book. Baby books can be so bland, but these shapes interspersed with animals and objects really livens things up. The illustrations are lovely and as well as providing shape learning opportunities, there's lots of playful fun to be had with the unexpected items popping up in between. A fantastic bonding book to read with babies from birth upwards and there's lots of giggling and nonsense to be had with older children up to around three years."-ChopsyBaby.com "Glorious simplicity... A board book brimming with ideas for toddlers to get their teeth into... There aren't many actual words on the page because it is you, dear reader, who will do the talking."-Families South East Magazine "An amusing and innovative way to introduce shapes to a young child... The sturdy pages of this board book are ideal for repeated use. This Japanese illustration team have created something a little bit different from the more conventional shape books with surprise elements and some daft concepts that are sure to engage and captivate young readers."-OutsideInWorld.org.uk "Does an elephant belong in a book about shapes? Of course."-Gurgle
Kenji Oikawa and Mayuko Takeuchi, are an award-winning husband-and-wife illustration team based in Tokyo. They have published over thirty children's books and are also known for their commercial work in advertising and merchandising. This is their first book to be published in English.