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Saturday 24 October 2015

Review: Box

As any parent knows, it's often the box that the toy came in that provides more entertainment than the toy itself. It's this fact that shapes the story of Box.

Thomas has a lovely little box. Inside it — and readers can open the flap to actually look inside the box — is a drum. As expected, Thomas bangs the drum.

Alice also has a box. Hers is a bit bigger than Thomas's, and when we lift the flap we discover it has a tricycle inside, which she happily scoots around on for a while.

On we go, meeting Sam and Nancy, their boxes and the contents of their boxes. Soon the toys are put to one side and the four toddlers put their imaginations and creativity to work, along the way creating some pretty impressive box magic!

The collage-style illustrations are simply incredible. Rosalind Beardshaw has done a masterful job of bringing the kids' creations to life through flaps and fold-outs that make reading Box a truly tactile, interactive experience. There's even a template tucked away at the back of the book so you can make your own box!

The text is simple enough to be enjoyed by the very young and the paper stock is thick and durable. Very young fingers might still be able to tear some of the flaps though, so perhaps keep a guiding hand to the fore if you're a bit precious about books getting damaged (like me!).

I'd also recommend you have a big box or too on standby, as your little ones are bound to be inspired to build their own box inventions after reading this!

Title: Box
Author: Min Flyte
Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780857634146
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book