Go Shapes, GO! by Denise Fleming; Beach Lane Books, $17.99, 32 pages, ages 2-6.
Caldecott Honor medalist Denise Fleming (underGROUND) brings shapes to center stage in this sweet picture book for young readers. Circles, rectangles, ovals and arcs bounce from one page to the next alongside a speedy murine sidekick. Together, these arcs and ovals come together to create a friendly monkey – a feat that will likely inspire little readers to fashion their own animal creation out of cut paper shapes. Fleming’s bright and bold creations are all made with handmade paper, and the backgrounds were poured by the author herself. The result is a whimsical book full of surprising textures that play with color, light and lines. Children just learning the names of shapes will find this book a delight, and emerging readers can pick out the words for the shapes on each page written in all capital letters.