Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Box - a storywrap


Authored by Min Flyte
Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Unwrapping some praise...

As many kids know, a cardboard box can often be better than whatever’s inside it…It’s a warm reminder of the near-limitless imaginative potential of the humble cardboard box.
—Publishers Weekly

Following up with the likes of Ethan Long’s Out of the Box (2014) or Suzanne Bloom’s A Mighty Fine Time Machine (2009) may prompt deeper digs into the imaginative possibilities. A bright and cozy excursion down a well-toddled path.
—Kirkus Reviews

Flaps galore to lift and discover, "Box" is a spot-on celebration of a child’s imagination and creativity.
—Reading Eagle (from Kendal Rautzhan)

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy...

About the book...

Box, by Min Flyte, with illustrations by Rosalind Beardshow is about one of a child's ultimate toys - the amazing empty box. Building cardboard box forts as a kid, as well as smaller cardboard box houses for dolls and toys, is such an imaginative and fun thing to do. With Box, Flyte and Beardshaw have created a marvelous story and exploration that little readers will truly love. Best of all, and crucial for a book in which boxes are the star, there are TONS of flaps to lift and boxes to peek inside! Kids will adore the interaction that the author so brilliantly included. 

Thomas, Alice, Sam and Nancy have their own private box. What does each box contain? A drum, a blanket, a tricycle and guess what else? - more boxes! Five flaps lift to reveal a toy mouse sleeping in a cozy little box. After the boxes are emptied, of course they need to be played with every bit as much as the things that are inside! Imaginations are ignited as castles, pirate ships and puppet theaters are cleverly designed - all with flaps to lift and enjoy. 

But you're not finished yet! If you put all the boxes together you get a special flap that unfolds, like an accordion, to reveal a rocket ship! There's more you say? Yes!! A four page gatefold reveals one more surprise, followed by tired out inventors and creators asleep - in a box, could they be anywhere else you might ask? 

This amazing book will have kids creating their own architectural delights and the next time a box of any size and shape enters your house it will eagerly be snatched up and magically transformed into  the perfect, unique toy powered by someone's dream.


Storywraps rating:  5 Storywraps hugs! 

About the author...

Min Flyte is a big fan of the simple things in life. At home, she likes junk modeling, proper bread, and watching home video shows with her kids, especially if they involve cats. By day, she is Camilla Reid, editorial director of Nosy Crow, and she lives in London.

About the illustrator...

Rosalind Beardshaw is the illustrator of Just Right for Christmas and Just Right for Two. She has illustrated many picture books for children including Mole’s in Lovewritten by David Bedford, A Tale of Two Goats by Tom Barber and Lulu Loves the Library by Anna McQuinn. She has also illustrated a couple of her own stories; Grandma’s Beach and Grandpa’s Surprise.

She loves creating new characters, especially if they can be based loosely/wholly on her shaggy lurcher Basil.
She lives in York with her partner Al, daughter Iris, and young son Freddie, who loves watching ‘Calamity Jane’. Who knows what Doris Day’s influence will be…?

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