Thursday, August 24, 2017

Triangle

Triangle. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 2017. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: This is Triangle. This is Triangle's house. This is Triangle in his house. And that is Triangle's door. One day Triangle walked out his door and away from his house. He was going to play a sneaky trick on Square.

Premise/plot: Triangle, our "hero," is determined to play quite a trick on his "friend" Square. His trick works, for the most part. His friend Square is SCARED. But his fear soon turns to anger as he realizes that it is Triangle behind it all. Will Square be able to get back at Triangle in the end?

My thoughts: This may be the oddest book I've read this year. Though the year isn't half over yet. It certainly uses a dark humor that may not appeal to every reader--no matter the age. Humor can be tricky, and the darker the humor, the trickier it is to get just right. There are fuzzy lines between funny and mean at times. I do wonder WHY Triangle and Square are friends with each other. And if Triangle treats all his friends like this.

I personally don't like this one very much. But I think it's a matter of taste.

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 2 out of 5
Total: 5 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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