This book is a missed opportunity. The story has the very nice quality of conveying more than one lesson: the basics of shapes; even small people can achieve big things if they work together; everything is made up of lines, which are made up of points; bad things may happen for various reasons but we can make things better with hard work and perseverance.
While the words look and sound exactly as you would expect from a children’s story – simple and easy to follow – they have no bounce, no rhythm, no particular, consistent feeling. The art is simply lovely. Bright and fun, yet still soft, and full of character. And yet this is the real opportunity that was missed. Phrases such as “shipshape” and “a giant alien foot” just beg to be illustrated. Sadly, they are neglected. Overall it was a decent book but not spectacular.
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