Not a Box

Not a Box

by Antoinette Portis

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Overview

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Don't miss this wholly original celebration of the power of imagination, winner of a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award

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.

Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over inside a cardboard box, and through play, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.

This board book edition has sturdy pages and is a good size for the youngest readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061123221
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/12/2006
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 42,677
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 1 - 6 Years

About the Author

Antoinette Portis is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Not a Box (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a 2007 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book), Not a Stick, A Penguin Story (also chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Kindergarten Diary. She attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney. Antoinette lives in Southern California.


Antoinette Portis is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Not a Box (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a 2007 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book), Not a Stick, A Penguin Story (also chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Kindergarten Diary. She attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney. Antoinette lives in Southern California.

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Not a Box 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
You know how young children will sometimes receive a super amazing fantastic gift and proceed to derive much more enjoyment from the cardboard box the gift came in? Well, according to Antoinette Portis' 2006 book Not a Box, young rabbits do that to. (So do cats, but that is neither here nor there.) There are a lot of reasons I enjoy this book, the first of which is because of its design. The book looks like a box (even though it's not). The cover is made of brown-cardboard-feeling paper. The weight (11.5 ounces) is clearly marked on the front, while the back notes which side is up. The cardboard theme understandably continues in the book's interior. The structure is the same throughout, so I'm just going to go through the first one: Brown lefthand page reading: "Why are you sitting in a box?" Righthand page: black and white drawing of a young rabbit sitting in a box. Turn the page. Red lefthand page: "It's not a box." Righthand page: color (red, black, yellow and white) illustration of the young rabbit driving a race car. The same scenario is repeated several times until the clever ending. At first I had thought that this book would be a hard sell for a read-aloud because, well, there isn't a lot to read. However, after discussing the book with "Tori" I came to a different conclusion. Tori suggested that the book would work better in a more non-traditional storytime where the kids get in on the act. Ask the kids what they see in each picture, let them describe the story. If the children are older, you could also ask them to find the "original" box in each of the rabbits imagined scenarios. The book would also work well in a one-on-one reading between parents and their own children, which is the scenario I had initially imagined for this book. I like the story because it's simple with nice drawings that children can clearly interpret thanks to the thick lines and limited palette. Also, since most children do enjoy a good cardboard box, it's likely that they'll be intrigued by the rabbit's scenarios and perhaps find ideas for their own playtime. I'm not the only one that enjoyed this book. In 2007, Not a Box was selected as a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. The award was established in 2006 for the author and illustrator who annually make "the most distinguished contribution to beginning reader books." The fun continues in with a piglet in Not a Stick.
Barbara Painter More than 1 year ago
Oh my box! this is the most funnist book
Sage Bremault More than 1 year ago
boooooo
Mikes_Dad More than 1 year ago
Simple, but powerful.  As a kid, my favorite toy was a pot.  Or, should I say, a not a pot.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
First of all, I love the "packaging" of this book. The cover looks like a parcel -- so cute and so clever. Then there is the rabbit. "Not a Box" has drawn comparisons to "Harold and the Purple Crayon", another very good, buy-worthy book, but in some ways I prefer this book. Because of the rabbit. The rabbit is drawn in that deceptively simple way (rather like Mo Willems' pigeon), is nameless and gender-neutral. Any child can relate to the rabbit.  When my son was about a year and a half, he began to empty all the toys out of his toy box (and scatter the toys ALL over the family room floor) and then try to climb into the empty toy box. For his safety and my sanity, I had to move his toy box and set up an empty box in it's place. Now he climbs into the empty box. I remember doing this when I was very young. See, any child can relate to a rabbit with an imagination and an empty box. The story and illustrations are easy-to-follow, toddler-simple. This book works great for story time with a large group of children, or story time with just one child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is a bit bland and abstract for our 2 year old. We figured since it was a board book the subject would be interesting to children. Perhaps later in the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for young children. All children love boxes and it sparks their imagination on so many levels.
Tariqshah Syed More than 1 year ago
Lol funny
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Jennifer Serrano Withers More than 1 year ago
coming ftom a boy that sounded wierd. Well that bunny is cute. I recemond for older or younger kids.
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Delma Defoor More than 1 year ago
i absoulutly loved it
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MsWatson More than 1 year ago
It's not a box is a great story to challenge children to really "think outside the box" and is great for those full of imagination. If you or a little kid you know has pointed out that their mashed potatoes look like mountains and that broccoli is just a little tree, your kid will like this. It's fun book to read again and again too to practice having kids make predictions and to fill in the blank as you read slowly. This book will also encourage imaginative play for children because it gives them ideas as to what they can do with simple objects around the house.
helocin More than 1 year ago
From the cover and paper choice to the adorable illustrations and perfectly chosen text, this book wins top honors from me.
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My five year old loves this book!
momof2KS More than 1 year ago
The kids LOVE it! The concept is interesting and it sparks a lot of discussino with my 2 & 3 yr olds. They want to to read it over and over and tell me what the box is this time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It captures that imaginary play that all our kids engage in. Simply illustrated with creative ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very simple book from outward appearances. However, I see this book as a way to begin a writing assignment or to spark creative thoughts.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for all my nieces and nephews and hope that this holiday season when they tire of their presents, they use the power of imagination and their empty gift boxes to transport themselves to wherever their fancy takes them. A wonderful book!
Sharon Lochmueller More than 1 year ago
It is so good!!!!! I have read it sixteen times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?BUENO! ?Me tengo leer 16 tiempo! ?-? :P