CHIL­DREN’S book of the week

Llanelli Star - - FAMILY MATTERS -

CIR­CLE by Mac Bar­nett and Jon Klassen, Walker Books, £12.99 (ebook £8.88) ★★★ ★★

THE third in a se­ries (we’ve so far had sto­ries from Tri­an­gle and Square) this tale for smaller chil­dren fo­cuses on Cir­cle.

Cir­cle has a beau­ti­ful wa­ter­fall but warns her friends not to hide be­hind it when they play hide and seek.

Tri­an­gle duly dis­ap­pears be­hind the sheet of pale green wa­ter, into the dark­ness, and Cir­cle must set off to res­cue him. Fears, friendship and rule-break­ing abound, and the il­lus­tra­tions are as beau­ti­ful as you’d ex­pect from artist Jon Klassen, al­though there are whole pages blank, with all but the whites of Tri­an­gle and Square’s eyes show­ing.

These are ob­vi­ously less im­pres­sive. Not as dy­namic, wry or poignant as last year’s witty Square, but a de­cent bed­time read none­the­less.

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