Big Brown Box

Big Brown Box

by Marisabina Russo
     
 

It's a big brown box! Or maybe it's a house with windows and a door. Or a cozy, dark cave. Or a ship on the ocean. But whatever it is, Sam's box is no place for baby brother Ben.

There's BIG trouble brewing over the big brown box...until Mama finds a solution that's a perfect fit for everyone.

Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib.

Overview

It's a big brown box! Or maybe it's a house with windows and a door. Or a cozy, dark cave. Or a ship on the ocean. But whatever it is, Sam's box is no place for baby brother Ben.

There's BIG trouble brewing over the big brown box...until Mama finds a solution that's a perfect fit for everyone.

Children's Books 2000-NY Public Lib.

Editorial Reviews

Hazel Rochman
Russo's bright, watercolor pictures dramatize how both kids feel. To baby brother Ben, Sam is the guy with everything. To big brother Sam, Ben is the spoiler- a big bad wolf, a scary bear, a vicious shark. Your child will enjoy the funny and poignant exchanges between siblings, and the happy ending in which Mom gives Ben a box of his own.
Sesame Street Magazine
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Daddy gives Sam the big brown box the washing machine came in, and Sam makes a house out of it. When brother Ben comes, Sam says, "Gow away!" Ben says, "Me, too!" But Sam pushes him out. All Mama's pleading to let Ben visit, "Just for a few minutes," get the same "no, no, no," until, after the box is a cave and a boat, Mama gives Ben his own smaller box. Then Sam sees they're jet fighters, and they fly off on adventures and return "just in time for lunch." This clever book's color is corrugated-box-brown, against which the full-color gouache pictures leap out to engage the reader. Dealing with the complexities of sibling rivalry and sharing, the story never once mentions either. Even more marvelous, the parents do not coerce sharing but accept Sam's "No" without didactic preaching. Winner of the I.R.A. Children's Book Award and an old hand at creating picture books, Marisabina Russo deals with the tangles of family life with confidence and brio. 2000, Greenwillow Books, Ages 3 to 6, $15.95. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Sam's favorite toy is a big cardboard box that he imaginatively turns into a house, a cave, and a boat. His little brother Ben wants to join in the fun but his pleas of "Me too" are flatly refused: "You are the big bad wolf.-Leave my house alone!" "You are a scary, hairy bear, and bears don't belong in my cave." "You are a vicious silver shark, and you will eat me if I let you in." When Mama finds a smaller box for Ben, Sam has a new idea and the two brothers become astronauts, each in his own spaceship. The well-paced, child-centered text is complemented by Russo's trademark two-dimensional gouache illustrations that realistically capture the creative play of children. Young readers will relate to the sibling conflict and the resolution warmly encourages cooperation. A lovely addition to all collections.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Russo (Mama Who Talks Too Much, 1999, etc) draws from family experience again for this domestic contretemps. Despite tears and parental pleas, Sam refuses to let little brother Ben join him in his washing machine box/house/cave/ship. Leave it to Mama to provide a solution satisfactory to all: another, smaller box placed alongside. Opposite text pages printed on fields of light, boxlike brown, Russo creates tidy, uncomplicated, graphic-style scenes of adults and children whose easily-read expressions map the story's emotional ups and downs. In the end, sharing a scenario in their individual spaces, both children happily blast off in their cardboard rockets to the Moon. Would that all such tempests would end so amicably. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688170967
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
290L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marisabina Russo's warm, distinctive picture books usually mirror everyday scenarios from her own family's life. The Big Brown Box was inspired by her three children's tendency to entertain themselves—and each other—with common household objects (which included many a cardboard box).

Ms. Russo has written and illustrated many picture books for children, and has illustrated several by other authors. She and her husband and children live in Westchester County, New York.

Marisabina Russo's warm, distinctive picture books usually mirror everyday scenarios from her own family's life. The Big Brown Box was inspired by her three children's tendency to entertain themselves—and each other—with common household objects (which included many a cardboard box).

Ms. Russo has written and illustrated many picture books for children, and has illustrated several by other authors. She and her husband and children live in Westchester County, New York.

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