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. Volume XXII Number 36. . . .May 20, 2016
Scribble, by award-winning author and illustrator Ruth Ohi, stars three geometric shapes with tons of personality. Happy-go-lucky pink Circle has a penchant for rolling around and around. Solid, blue Square is partial to sitting still. Yellow Triangle has swagger and many points – “all of them good ones”. With a chaotic flourish, a purple crayoned scribble unexpectedly “Za-Zoom[s]!” across the page. The shapes tremble and shriek in horror at every startling “Whoosh!” and “Swish!” When this loose cannon invites the whole gang to play together, the initial reception is somewhat icy: “‘With you?’ said Square. ‘Together?’ said Triangle. ‘But why?’ said Circle.” It doesn’t take long before the formerly stolid figures are going with the flow. With a squiggly line, Circle becomes a high-flying balloon. Add a rolling wave, and Triangle turns into a boat sailing on the ocean.
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.
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