Willy and the Cardboard Boxes

Willy and the Cardboard Boxes

by Lizi Boyd
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Willy spends the day at his dad's office, where a shipment of new computers has just arrived. After the big boxes have been opened and emptied, Willy is free to play with them. Markers, scissors and string--and a lively imagination--help the boy transform the cartons into a variety of vehicles and other objects. He builds a plane in which he ``flies over fields and mountains'' as well as a rowboat, horse, fire engine and train. When he gets hungry, Willy has lunch at a restaurant furnished with tables and chairs made from boxes. And when he becomes sleepy, he curls up for a nap in a cozy cardboard house. Although Boyd ( Bailey the Big Bully ; The Not-So-Wicked Stepmother ) offers a well-meaning celebration of a child's inventiveness, her text and two-dimensional pictures--in which Willy's facial expression varies very little from page to page--lack spark. Ages 2-6. ( May )
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Willy's father takes him to his office, where a shipment of new computers provides the boy with several empty cartons with which to play. What follows is a series of double-page spreads in which Willy builds, first an airplane, then a rowboat, a tunnel, a horse, a fire engine, a barn in flames, and so on. Boyd's characteristic childlike paintings, although quite colorful, are flat and static, as is the text. The excitement of an imaginary adventure is missing, as no single idea is developed very far before it is chopped off by the next one. Only the circus gets enough attention to be even mildly interesting. A disappointment.--Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670836369
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/15/1991
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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