Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Review: A Double Feature!

I grabbed the book Not A Box by Antoinette Portis at our library for the simple fact that it was on a few recommended reading lists. I had no idea how fun it was going to be reading this with the boys. Nor did I know that a few days later I would be picking up it's companion Not A Stick

The simple, silly text and the wonderful illustrations seem to bring the everyday adventures of boyhood to life. The books start off simply enough: a bunny playing with an empty box. 

The narrator asks, "Why are you sitting in a box?" 
To which the bunny replies, "It's not a box."
"Well then, what is it?" seems to be the next logical question.

It's a race car

 ...a robot

...a burning building and so much more!

Guess what? That's not a stick either. 

It's a fishing pole... 

...the sword of a brave knight...

...or perhaps a prod in the hand of a fearless cowboy?

I simply cannot say enough about Antoinette Portis' books! They are so much to read together, even Daddy took a turn with them at bedtime! The boys giggled and laughed at the frustrated characters explaining their "inventions" and ooh-ed and aah-ed at every illustration. 

The books can be purchased as hardcover, paperback, or boardbooks and are very reasonably priced: roughly $8-10 each if purchased new.

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