not a box

When is a box not a box?  When it's a race car or a mountain or a hot-air balloon.  Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis, captures the joy and magic of the quintessential childhood experience: pretend play!  The book follows a rabbit as he transforms a box and imagines it as a multitude of different things.  The sparse text adds to the charm of the bold, thick line drawings.  Avery's favorite part is when the box turned into a building.  This book is a reminder that sometimes some of the simplest objects make the best toys.  Now, where's that old box we were about to throw out?!