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Not a Boxby Antoinette Portis
Synopses & Reviews
For every kid who has ever had trouble sharing a special toy.
Peanut has a new ball and her big sister, Fifi, wants to play with it. Peanut doesn't want to share, so Fifi tries to entice her with the many different imaginary games they could play with the ball--they could tell fortunes, or have a bakery, or let a seal balance the ball on its nose! Peanut is NOT convinced, until Fifi comes up with a spectacular imaginary adventure that Peanut can't refuse: a trip to space! But is it too late for her to join the game?
Illustrated in bold graphics and bright colors by an illustrator Maurice Sendak calls "an artist with a superb eye for line and composition," here's a story where the older sibling doesn't always have the upper hand.
"Sometimes the best toys are improvised, according to this celebration of the humble cardboard box. Packaged in a plain brown jacket that resembles a paper bag (another item with vast potential), this minimalist book features a rabbit-child, simply drawn in a heavy black line. In the first spread, designed in neutral black, white and tan, the rabbit's head peeks out of a rectangle. An offstage voice asks, 'Why are you sitting in a box?' When the page turns, the rabbit answers, 'It's not a box.' A touch of color comes into the image. The empty white background is tinted pale yellow, and a thick red line traces a racecar over the basic black box shape, revealing what the rabbit imagines. By the time the skeptical voice inquires, 'Now you're wearing a box?,' readers know to expect a playful transformation in the next spread. 'This is not a box,' replies the rabbit, as a red robot suit is superimposed over the initial drawing. The teasing questions challenge the young rabbit, who demonstrates that a box can serve as a pirate-ship crow's nest, a hot-air balloon basket and a rocket. Readers won't abandon their battery-charged plastic toys, but they might join in a game of reimagining everyday objects. Most profitably, Portis reminds everyone (especially her adult audience) that creativity doesn't require complicated set-ups. Ages 6 mos.-6 yrs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Three friends discover a secret box, and a whole new side to their city!
Ready Rabbit! Itand#8217;s time to get ready!
Thatand#8217;s Ready Rabbitand#8217;s momma.
Ready Rabbit knows he should get up and get ready.
But there are so many more interesting things to do first.
Like . . . building spaceships,
and rescuing sea creatures,
and searching for law-breaking and#145;bad guysand#8217;!
Ready Rabbit! Hurry up!
Oh, and get dressed for schooland#133;.
Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! is for any kid with an active imaginationand#133;or anyone in need of a very good laugh.
Cities may grow large.
Summers may come and go.
And people might grow old,
but the one thing that always
remains the same is the desire for
adventure. Barbara Lehman takes readers on a timeless trip to a world of secret messages left in secret boxes hidden in secret places.and#160;
Youand#8217;ll never know what youand#8217;ll find when you look inside!
About the Author
Antoinette Portis attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney Consumer Products. She lives in Studio City, CA.
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