“This picture book is not related to the novella Flatland by Edwin Abbott (1884), other than both are occupied by characters who are geometric shapes. The novella Flatland satirized a society split into rigid classes. The picture book Flatland deals subtly with the mature themes of relationships, death, and spirituality.
The protagonist Owuza arrives in Flatland as a speck, and gradually grows into a fully realized being. He makes friends, shares his ideas, creates beautiful things with them, and learns to love. Then, without warning, Owuza is gone. His friends look all over for him, and find him in an unexpected place.
Fans of Rebecca Emberley’s artwork will recognize the effective design of colorful scenes (as if from roughly cut pieces of construction paper) from her earlier books, like Chicken Little and There Was an Old Monster.
Flatland is a touching tale that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. It won a “Recommended” badge from the Parents’ Choice Foundation. The publisher, Two Little Birds, a small hybrid press co-founded by illustrator Emberley, admirably donates a book to a child for every book they sell.”
Henry Hertz, San Francisco Book Review