Pixar animator Aaron Harline has created a book that is about an unlikely friendship between a square and circle. Neither of them can find common ground, until they realize if they combine what they like best, then best friends they can be! Even with a few bumps and owws along the way.
Harline has worked on the Pixar films, Up, Toy Story 3 and Inside Out. But this did not happen overnight. His afterwards that explains his journey getting to do the thing he wanted the most (to combine drawing and movies into a great career) is the best part of the book. Or at least in my humble opinion. The book itself, is way too basic for my tastes. The young child or a toddler, would like the simple, repetitive, bouncy text. I would really have loved to see this in what they call a “board book” format and not the traditional hardcover format. Some books are meant to be a big deal in a small format and this is one of them.
Box Meets Circle is not a bad book, in fact it is quite good for the right audience. Once again, I am not the audience. The illustrations are fanatically bright. When thinking of this I see the yellow and blue in my mind’s eye. This is because these two colors are the only colors in the book. This artistic trick is clever. You are not distracted by anything other than the text and the circle and square.