Parents' Guide to

Not a Box

By Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Bunny uses box to imagine adventures in mind-opening tale.

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necesito leerlo aun no lo he leido

mi hijo fue quien lo estudio y le gusto mucho es por eso que yo estoy interesada en leerlo

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The cute yet simple line-drawn bunny here transforms his box into a portal of exciting scenarios. He's seen driving in a race car, standing on top of a mountain, riding in a hot-air balloon or a rocket. Although the drawings in Not a Box are nothing to write home about, somehow, out of author-illustrator Antoinette Portis' extreme minimalism, we see just how sweet -- and sassy -- the bunny is. We feel his frustration when he has to explain what the box really is at that moment in his play world.

However straightforward the message is, it's hard to dismiss. What makes Not a Box memorable is the way that it doesn't let you lose your creative grip on the importance of imagination -- and the fact that it's not a good idea to squelch anyone else's imagination, either. Just like the bunny, everyone should get the chance to make it to the moon.

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