Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis - review

Not a Box, Antoinette Portis. I like this book because it's one of those empowered-toddler books (like Mo Willems' pigeon books). It's the kid that gets to be the smart one - there's an offstage adult voice saying, "Are you still standing in that box?" and the kid, who is actually standing in a rocket ship, has to explain over and over that "It's NOT a BOX." Plus the book is styled like a box, with a rough brown cover and red ink indicating "This side up" and "Net wt. 11.5 oz."

Not a Box wins special alsoadults mention as a book that would make a great gift for an innovative thinker.

Antoinette Portis has a follow-up book out now, called Not a Stick. It is also a lot of fun.

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