I recently discovered this simple, fabulous little book that takes the extreme, complex imagination of our older heroes, Jillian Jiggs and Max and distills the message down to its simplest form for the youngest children. ‘Not A Box’ by Antoinette Portis combines the simple illustration style of ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon‘ with the vital message that simple objects have limitless potential for adventure. I am so delighted to have found this wonderful author/illustrator!
“Why are you sitting in that box?” (asks page one)
“It’s not a box.” (replies our long-eared protagonist)
Here is a lovely little animation of Antoinette Portis’ book that tells the whole story in one short minute – check it out – I hope you will be as delighted as me. There is another book called ‘Not A Stick’ which is just as great and follows the same pattern.
“Mom, I need a box,” is a familiar refrain around here. I can’t even count how many boxes have become rocket ships, robots and pirate ships in our house…it seems like there is always one such ‘not a box’ hanging around. Tell us about the box-adventurers at your house!