It’s pretty nice that many children’s book creators have figured out that they can make books to please the palates of both kids and parents. These new books for tots and preschoolers are witty, creative, smart and zesty. Triangle By Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen; Candlewick Press; 46 pages; $15.99 The first in dynamic duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s new trilogy about shapes is Triangle , a mesh of smaller picture book and big board book in a unique size perfect for small hands. The star of the tale is Triangle, who has expressive eyes and two stick legs. He heads out of his triangle-shaped house to play a sneaky trick on Square. On the way, all the triangle-shaped trees and hills slowly turn to square-shaped. He pretends to hiss like a snake, which scares Square. Square then retaliates and chases Triangle back to his triangle house but becomes stuck in the doorway when he tries to enter. This makes Triangle’s house dark, and that frightens Triangle. Triangle is simple yet incredibly witty and fun. It is a wry, cool look at friendship, with hip, sparse illustrations that’ll please all ages. Feminist Baby By Loryn Brantz; Disney Hyperion; […]

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