Lynn: Two recent books address the perennial, ferocious appeal of the cardboard box and the endless possibilities contained therein. The first, Jane Yolen’s What to Do with a Box (2016), follows two imaginative children who transform a box into a library, a palace, a race car, and a flying machine. Yolen’s bouncy rhymes praise the simple, engaging theme:
“A Box! A Box
Is a wonder indeed.”
Illustrator Chris Sheban used cardboard, watercolor, and pencil to create sweet illustrations redolent of nostalgic innocence. The warm palette and charming scenes will send young readers running for the nearest box. Stock up now!
Cindy: Min Flyte’s Box (2015) starts off by asking, “What do you think is inside this box?” Rosalind Beardshaw’s charming illustrations feature small children determined to answer this very question by examining a series of ever-growing boxes, each with a flap to open and see what’s inside. Soon, the children have a plenty of boxes, and the question evolves into what to do with them. The flaps become parts of objects the kids design: a castle door, a ship’s sail, and larger surprises that fold up and out. It seems you can’t go wrong with boxes, or with books about them.