Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Children's Book Review: Not a Box
Not a Box
Written by: Antoinette Portis
Published by: HarperCollins, 2006
A box is just a box . . . unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.
Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.
* When you first pick up this book, you notice the cardboard-like look and feel of it. On the back is a "This End Up" arrow to add to the box feel. There's not a lot of words in the book, but that's where the fun comes in. A rabbit keeps explaining that it's not just a box. As you see him with the outline of the box, it's fun to try and guess what he's using the box for. My husband had read this with the kids before I arrived for storytime. As we reread it, I tried guessing and got many correct. It shows kids how anything is possible with a little imagination.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.