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notaboxNot A Box by Antoinette Portis

Published by Harper Collins

Pages: 32

Ages: Newborn to 6

Publishers Summary: A box is just a box . . . unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.

Turkeybird-LaughingThe Turkeybird Speaks: “This is a book I could ask my mom to read over and over and it just gets better and better! What is better than a box, I mean really? Especially when the box is really really big!It’s easy, just beg your mom enough and she might even get one when she’s out one day. Then you can have her read the book to you while you pretend just like the bunny in the book!

“Okay, so, first off…the bunny is hilarious! He just keeps saying, ‘It’s not a box!’. Just so so funny. Then, there is a car, an amazing robot, and even a rocket ship! Whatever you think it is, it can be. This is one of the best books ever, I’m just hoping there’s another one with the bunny again! I’d definitely recommend this one to any kid in your life who loves being a robot for the day!”


HandsMom’s Two Cents: “This is another book that we absolutely could not do without. The Turkeybird loves it and I’m thrilled to pass it on to Littlebug. Not A Box is, for lack of a better word, simple. Something you learn as a parent, or as someone who spends any length of time with children, is that children like the box more than the toy. Children are naturally imaginative, they come into the world with their eyes wide open ready to learn and until someone puts a stop to it, it only grows with each passing day.

Not A Box plays right into a child’s sense of imagination. Each scenario starts with the bunny interacting with the box in what could look like a silly situation, only to be followed by a perfectly acceptable situation – as explained by the bunny, of course. As The Turkeybird mentioned, there are cars, robots, rockets and even a pirate ship. It keeps the reader guessing page after page, and the child just dying with anticipation to see what will come next.

“Without a doubt one of our favorites. Not only is it simply a fun book with a wonderful opportunity for interaction with a child, but it kindles a desire to be creative. Today, with computers, television and so many other distractions it’s hard to help a child develop the desire to be creative on their own. Using books like Not A Box, that children genuinely enjoy, you can continue to widen a child’s eyes and keep their imagination kindled. A fabulous book that every home should be able to enjoy!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 and up. Bring out the creativity in every child and enjoy the giddy laughter that comes with it.

For the comments: Is there a book that makes you laugh every time you read it? Which one?

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book in 2007.

This book was purchased for our home library.
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13 Responses to Not A Box by Antoinette Portis

  1. Lenore says:

    I love this one too. I enjoyed NOT A STICK as well, but not as much.
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  2. Eric says:

    Big Fan of this book too!

  3. robyn says:

    It sounds like a great book. I’d love to read it to the Turkeybird. Imagination is something all children need to be encouraged to use. It’s the best form of entertainment, with books being a close second as they take you places most can only imagine!

    The book that makes me laugh every time I read it is a silly book indeed: Go! Dog Go!

  4. NotNessie says:

    Glad you enjoyed it!

    I always laugh when I read Llama Llama Mad at Mama to the kiddos. You should try it!
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  5. Lenore – Good to know! We haven’t tried Not A Stick yet, but were considering it. Thanks!

    Eric – Glad to hear it!

    Robyn – You will definitely have to read it to him next time you see him, he’d love it! And of course, Go Dog Go! Is a huge hit around here, especially now that Turkeybird is a bit older.

    NotNessie – I haven’t heard of Llama Llama…maybe I shouldn’t be saying that. Hehe. We will definitely give it a try though! Thanks for the rec!

  6. Tif says:

    I’ve seen this one talked about and I really have got to get it for my kids!! It looks perfect for them!!

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  8. Courtney says:

    I LOVE this book! Always has been a favorite of mine! I also love the follow up book.

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