PUZZLEHEAD written and illustrated by James Yang. (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009)

August 26, 2009 at 1:17 am Leave a comment

puzzleheadPuzzlehead goes on a quest to find his own perfect fit in his world of shapes.  As he watches all of his friends find where they belong, he has a hard time finding just the right place for himself.  Minimalist illustrations depict characters that have arms, legs and a shape for a body, with puzzle pieces as heads.  Children will enjoy pointing out the different shapes in the background, and precocious ones might realize before the book’s conclusion that the shapes of the characters fit together.  Especially satisfying is the ending when the characters find that despite their differences, they fit together as a group.

Picture book, recommended.  Rebecca Eller (Larchmont Public Library)


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