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Not a Box Board book – September 27, 2011
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Every so often you run across a book that screams "instant classic." "Not A Box" is that book for me this year.
As you can tell from the cover, "Not A Box" features simple, iconic line drawings of a rabbit and a box. Portis dedicates the book "to children everywhere sitting in cardboard boxes" and celebrates the magic a large box brings to a child.
The book opens with a question: "Why are you sitting in a box?" The young rabbit replies, offended, "it's not a box." And the illustration shows him sitting in a racecar. And, so on. Rabbit climbs a mountain, fights a fire, wears a robot costume. His box is anything, but "it's NOT NOT NOT NOT a box!"
What it is, though, is highly, highly, highly, highly recommended.
As the story opens and the reader flips through the publication and title page, a small bunny spots and tugs away a box that it has found. Now we see the bunny sitting quietly within his treasure as someone (perhaps the reader) asks, "Why are sitting in a box?" A turn of the page and it's the same bunny in the same box, but now red lines have appeared around them to sketch out a fabulous racing car. The opposite page is now bright red and at the bottom of it sit the words, "It's not a box." Turn the page and now the bunny is standing on top of the box. When asked why, the red lines have turned the box into an alpine peak with the bunny at the crest of the summit. "It's not a box.Read more ›
|Length: 2:08 Mins|
Inside is a classic story. A bunny with a box (or as learned by the end, the bunny's "not-a-box") and a powerful imagination. Each page the bunny is asked what he is doing with the box and he always replies it is "not a box" and the reader gets a visual explaination of what the bunny is doing. Climbing a mountain--instead of standing ontop of a box.
This book is a treasure and would be great to read outloud to a group of younger kids.
The text has repetition of the "it's not a box" phrase which aids the pre-reader in word recognition and soon they'll be shouting it out at the right time. They'll also be able to figure out other vocabulary from the pictures and the repetition.
Parents will enjoy reading this book to their children, it's quick, it's fun and it perfectly captures the childhood joy of playing in a cardboard box. Children will enjoy listening to this book because they can correctly anticipate and shout out the story. I highly recommend this book for preschool or kindergarten classes.
The previous reviewer is correct in claiming instant classic status for this text.
If you have a kid-- or a pet-- or you were a kid (--or a pet)-- who would get all the cool toys for Christmas and then end up playing with the box, this is a book for you. It's about a rabbit, and a box. A box that's not a box. It's a lot of things, but it's not a box.
It's exceptionally simple. You'd read it to an infant, maybe a young toddler. But after the kids outgrow it, you will return to it again and again, because it's got the simple charm the marks all the enduring kids' books, as well as the kind of quick, rhythmic vocabulary that will stay with you for years after only a few readings. This is great-- even if you don't have kids, you want it. ****
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We got this as a gift & our children love it. The laughter it brings them has made me love this book & think as well as buy every child I know a copy.Published 7 days ago by Gregory J Spitz
Had to get this book for college but ordered the kids version so my son could have it afterwards. Short simple and imaginative.Published 1 month ago by Minnesota mother
This is one of our favorite books- it's a go to item to add to our baby shower gifts!!!Published 1 month ago by KAC
Great book. My students enjoyed drawing their own pictures. The cute, simple drawings gave my students plenty of ideas to imagine on their own.Published 1 month ago by Shafka
One of the best children's books I've ever read. Preschoolers through 5th graders love it, and want to hear it again and again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathleen W. Benedict
My 2 year old LOVES this book! He squeals with delight and laughs hysterically every time we read it!Published 2 months ago by C. Moore addict
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