Book Review

#PictureBook Review: Not a Box and Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

Not a BoxNot a Box by Antoinette Portis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s a mountain, a car, a building on fire, a robot costume, a pirate ship, and a hot air balloon! But definitely NOT A BOX!

Not A Box and her follow up Not A Stick will be appreciated by youth and adult alike. Children will be able to relate to the ability to see a rocket when looking at a cardboard box and a paintbrush when looking at a stick. Adults will be reminded to encourage a healthy imagination and hopefully be able to see these things for themselves.

The cover of Not A Box is made to feel like a corrugated box, includes a “Net Wt. 11.5 oz” in the bottom right corner, and the end papers are kraft paper. Portis’ simple lines are black and white on the pages where an unknown person is asking about the box. The pages where the bunny responds, “It’s not a box” are colorful. She shows the same black lines as on the previous page with red lines outlining a car around the box, highlighting the bunny’s more colorful imagination.

These books are quite fun and will spark some adventurous imaginary play for everyone that reads them!
Not a StickNot a Stick by Antoinette Portis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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