When you see a title like Wild About Shapes, you probably think you know exactly what kind of book you’re getting. Circles, squares, triangles, etc. No surprises. File it on the shelf next to the math concept books, and call it a day. Most of the time, you’d be right on.
Not this time.
Wild About Shapes by Jeremie Fischer is nothing like you’d expect. It is one delightful surprise after another. The “shapes” referenced in the title are really, well, abstract blobs of color that don’t look like much of anything until you turn the acetate page. Then you can see the animal–that’s where the “wild” comes in. In the end, it’s almost magical that way the animals appear out of nowhere.
The spiral binding will probably mean that most libraries pass on this book, and that’s a shame. It’s a fun, kid-friendly book that will have readers of all ages considering visual perspective, color, and space.
This is a book to be experienced. I think it will surprise you.
Thank you to Flying Eye for providing me with a review copy. Opinions are my own.