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Sunday 17 November 2013

Review: The Nowhere Box

George has two little brothers and, as far as he's concerned, they're nothing but a nuisance. They wreck his toys, ruin his games and never leave him alone. He's had enough! So he gets hold of the empty washing machine box, converts it into a ship of discovery and heads off to Nowhere …

Nowhere is amazing, magnificent, fantastic! George is having the time of his life swooping down roller-coasters, rocketing through space and voyaging across oceans.

But after a while he realises that Nowhere is also a bit … lonely. No pirates to fight, no dragons to find — in fact, no one at all. Which is when George decides to return home to where he knows two little enemy pirates (or two little dragons!) will be waiting for him.

This is Sam Zuppardi's first picture book and I'm looking forward to his next one already. His illustrations have an infectious energy, while the language is simple enough that early readers will delight in discovering this book for themselves. The Nowhere Box is a wonderful celebration of creativity and the power of the imagination. It's also a useful reminder to older kids that their younger siblings aren't that bad after all!

Title: The Nowhere Box
Author/Illustrator: Sam Zuppardi
Publisher: Walker Books, $27.95 RRP
Publication Date: November 2013
Format: Hardcover with jacket
ISBN: 9781406347685
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book