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Ghostbusters: Book of Shapes Book Review

 By Paul Rudoff on Feb. 5, 2021 at 10:23 PM , Categories: Books

Insight Editions' PlayPop educational board book series, which combines playful learning with pop culture bonding, continues with two new adorable interactive books that teaches essential early learning skills with beloved characters from the classic 1980s movies Ghostbusters and Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Ghostbusters: Book of Shapes and Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Straight to the Castle. (The Labyrinth review can be found on The Corner Penthouse.)

Ghostbusters: Book of Shapes is an educational board book for ages "3 and up", with illustrations by Jeff Harvey. The book measures 7"x7" and contains 10 pages.


Since the book is meant for little kids, the concept is very simple. Each page teaches young readers basic shapes using iconic images from Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. From the adorable square head of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (seen on the cover above) to the round wheels of Ecto-1, readers will learn the basic building blocks that make up our world. Yes, I realize that Stay Puft's head is actually a little more of a rectangle than a square, but the firehouse covers the rectangle shape (as seen in the image above), so concessions had to be made :-)


The shapes are both die-cut into the pages and layered on top of them, which invites little fingers to trace the shapes throughout the book. For example, in the image above, the triangle on the left is recessed into the page, while the middle triangle in the statue's crown is raised. When the book is closed, the raised triangle fits into the triangle-shaped hole on the opposite page.

I think little kids will LOVE the book; both the interactive aspect of it and the cute illustrations reminiscent of the Little Golden Books series. Highly recommended if you have little ones you want to get hooked on Ghostbusters while they're young, or if you simply want a cute little book to display on a shelf amongst your other Ghostbusters collectibles.

Both PopPlay books - Ghostbusters: Book of Shapes and Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Straight to the Castle - are currently available to buy, as are Ghostbusters: 1 to 10 Slimer's Loose Again (reviewed here) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: E.T.'s First Words (reviewed here).

This item has been provided by Insight Editions for review on this site.

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