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Author: Kelly Bingham

Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Just an ordinary shape book with circles and squares. Wait! Where did that Moose come from? and what is he doing in this book? How will we learn our shapes if Moose keeps rampaging through the pages? Luckily, the Zebra umpire is here to help. Oh no! He and Moose are causing even more trouble! Lots of antics keep kids interested in what Moose is doing (and learning their shapes, too).

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 0.8

Age of Child: Read together with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: Both kids loved this book. They giggled all the way through Circle, Square, Moose. I wasn't surprised that my kids found this book hilarious.

Adult Reader Reaction: I like this book, too. The Moose device is unexpected and cute. Even though it is repetitive, it is funny on every page.

Pros: An adorable plot device and cute illustrations will have readers laughing and asking to read Circle, Square, Moose again.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a really funny book and one that my children requested repeatedly. I'm just not sure it would be a book that would stay with them over the years.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LOTS OF DOTS   ABC IS FOR CIRCUS (Chunky)   WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Educational Themes: Through all the antics, there is a study of shapes. Enjoy the fun and don't worry about the learning.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, humor, shapes

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015

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