Author: Kenji Oikawa
Illustrator: Mayuko Takeuchi
Publisher: Phaidon, 2017; orig.: Bunkeido Co., 2008
Themes: shapes, surprises, concept books
Opening: (see image below)
Summary: (from my library catalog) Circle, triangle … elephant!? A big book of shapes, with a bit of silliness mixed in.
Why I like this book: I love how simple this book for the very young is, yet how much gentle humor is incorporated. I have been reading a lot more board books since I started doing storytime in the bookstore where I work, and get very excited when I find a simple book with more to it. Could be my favorite so far this year!
Resources/Activities: create a shape-game and have kids can shout out the shape or object you hold up, in groups of three, repeating in ever faster succession. I bet there will be lots of laughs too!
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.