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San Francisco Book Review:
A Box Story provides the perfect springboard for creative ways to turn an empty box into a work of art and a vehicle (both literally and figuratively) for the imagination. The simple illustrations are imaginative and often beautiful with eye-catching colors.

Pinnacle Book Awards Winner 2012 for Children's Interest (March 2012) - From the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs

Literary Classics Seal of Approval (March 2012): Young audiences will surely find enjoyment within the pages of this clever little book. Kenneth Lamug's, A Box Story, comes highly recommended, and earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

ForeWord Reviews (June 2012): With a nod to the fact that containers often interest kids as much as what's inside, a web designer meditates on the many uses of this most practical (and abstract) of packages: "A box can keep your secrets . . . or reveal an unexpected surprise." Lovely and inspiring.

This Literary Life (March 2012): The words are simple but thought-provoking. They help build the imagination while simultaneously challenging the reader to find a purpose for their box. A purpose all of their own. Every child will want to build a life inside a box after reading this story.

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The idea for "A Box Story" came to me in a dream. I woke up at that moment and sketched out the idea right away. Within the next few days I had put aside all the projects I was working on and poured my heart into the book.

My original intention was to keep the drawings simple and in black and white, leaving the reader to use their imagination in interpreting the images. I eventually decided to give a splash of color to the illustrations while retaining the intended subtle message.

The metaphor for the box is not an entirely new idea, but I felt a deep personal connection in its "meaningful simplicity" that I had to share it in my own unique way. I hope that the reader is affected in the same way and that the idea grows in their mind and heart as it did in mine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: RabbleBox (December 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615581471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615581477
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. C. Martz on January 20, 2012
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I bought this book because I am a great fan of Kenneth Lamug's drawings - and they did not let me down - whimsical, lovely, and hilarious.

The bonus for me was the story which is made up of a series of thoughts and observations that accompany each drawing. The words are simple yet profound.

I've read this book a couple of times, and I know I'll read it again, it's that kind of book. The message is for kids and adults. It would make a great bedtime story, a wonderful story time story, or a discussion starter at a corporate meeting or a fancy dinner party. As you can tell, I like this book a LOT!!!
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What a wonderful surprise this book was! A Box Story sounds like it will be plain and dull but this book is fun, whimsical and entertaining! The story is enlightening and follows a logical pattern that is complimented by the drawings. A Box Story is the type of book that appears to be a simple yet fun children's book... but underneath it all there is a message. There is a deep thought provoking story here that you have to read to get the full feel of.

I don't think a review of A Box Story could be complete without taking a minute to remark on the quality of the illustrations. Rabble Boy is an extremely talented artist and I simply cannot wait to get my hands on more of his work!
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Kenneth Kit Lamug has written and illustrated a simple, charming little book about a plain brown box. What can you do with a plain brown box? Everything imaginable! Young children will be inspired to experiment with their own empty boxes. And adults will appreciate the basic simplicity of this book.
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This book is the best kids book that I have read to my grand children in about three years. My three year old grand son now has memorized it and reads along with me. What kid does not love a box? Like the author, they know all that is possible when all you have is a box and a dream. This book helps them dream up even more possibilities. The pictures in this book and fun, and creative and thought provoking. Buy ten copies of this book and give it as your present to the next 10 children that come into your life. They and their parents will be thanking you for years to come. Great book!!
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I typically do not leave reviews, even though I have purchased hundreds of items on Amazon. But I must say this book is a true gem. Easy to read, but keeps you and your children engaged and wanting to see what's on the next page. The subtle colors are easy on the eyes, as well as the larger font makes for an easy read.

All in all, I am pleased with my purchase, and look look forward to future books from this author/illustrator.
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This story is very creative and I used it in my classroom when the children were using their imaginations. It was a big hit and I enjoyed watching the children use ideas they heard about when they had free play.
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I ordered this book because it was shown as a recommendation to another children's book I was purchasing. I think this book will be a good lead in to another book that uses a cardboard box and a little boys imagination. This book did not disappoint. It is well written and rhymes in a sing song kind of way. The pictures are very creative and go well with the story.
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My kids always played more with the box the toys came in than with the toys themselves and this story captures the spirit of why this might be. This book is beautifully illustrated and captioned and you will find yourself smiling from beginning to end. The images of the many incarnations of the lowly box will fill you with pleasure and wonder and I cannot imaging anyone, young or old, not absolutely loving this book!
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