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Final entries today for Picture Book Thursday.

PERFECT SQUARE by Michael Hall (Greenwillow 2011) is a high concept book about a square who is happy being square until one day it is cut into pieces and poked full of holes. The square manages to rebuild itself into a fountain. The next day, the square is cut into scraps but manages to make a garne. Each day of the week (one of the concepts covered in the book), the square reinvents itself depending on how it is cut. Shapes, colors, days of the week, and a final DPS that is amazing in terms of its complexity and yet accessible because of the illustrations. <41>

Janet Stevens and her sister Susan Stevens Crummel team up again in THE LITTLE RED PEN (Harcourt 2011) a send up of the Little Red Hen. Our main character is a red pen who is quite perturbed that she will not finish her grading. Who will help her? Stapler? Eraser? Highlighter? Push pin? Scissors? Pencil? No one helps until Red Pen tumbles into the open pit (garbage can). How will her fellow supplies help rescue her? Lots of fun including a class hamster named Tank and a push pin with a Spanish accent. <42>
Tags: picture books for older readers
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