“serious points for imagination and creativity.”Ellyn S wrote this review Saturday, March 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Portis, A. (2006). Not a box. HarperCollins.
A fun book exploring the imagination of a young rabbit when a box, is not a box.
Preschool and kindergarten.
Children will love the imagination the rabbit has when playing with the box, and a box can be provided for children to play with and incorporate into dramatic play when recalling the story. ”
“Such a cute book.”Rouge7N wrote this review Thursday, March 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A box is not just a box when placed in the hands of a child. What is it then?”Ms. McKellips wrote this review Friday, November 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I fell in love with Not a Box by Antionette Portis. What a cute, funny and fun story! This week’s lecture talked about how it’s important for the illustrations in a picture book to have a role in the telling of the story. These illustrations drive the story, but, at the same time, balance so well the words. The nostalgia this gives adults and the permission to use the imagination that it gives children is fantastic, and makes it a book for every age. I agree with the SLJ review that children are going to perceive this story differently throughout their childhood. I think that is a great thing because it will be relevant to them for many years, and will be book to keep coming back to. The cardboard cover is smart and the stamp on the back warmed my heart. ”cda7 wrote this review Saturday, November 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This picture book presents with humor and simplicity the felicity with which children are absorbed by their imaginations. Such children who ignore the toy for the box that carried it will be easily and joyfully swept away by the scenarios the bunny imagines and plays out with his/her not-a-box. The graphics are so simple and clear – the cardboard box is black, the bunny is black, and the bunny’s imagination is read, drawn on top – that children will understand their meaning, should they require such logic. This book provides a fresh, smart interpretation of the old joke that kids prefer the cardboard box to the expensive toy. This book seems appropriate for post-holiday discussions.”katedoc wrote this review Saturday, October 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book will surprise you from the clever cover (This Side Up) to the use of a few simple colors to tell the world of possibilities a box can open for a child’s imagination. Alternating questions like “why are you squirting a box?” with drawings that tell the story (is a building on fire!) is a great way to engage children in creative conversation. This would be a great story time read.”Inma Leonard wrote this review Tuesday, September 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book celebrates the many uses of a plain, cardboard box. The short text in this book alternates between an unseen questioner asking a rabbit what it is doing with a box and the rabbit's firm answer that it is NOT a box. The simple drawings are the key to understanding why the box is not a box. The rabbit and box are drawn with black lines, and the illustator uses red lines to show what the rabbit imagines creating with the box. Even the book's cover looks and feels like a cardboard box! ”Ann C wrote this review Friday, July 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about a bunny with a box. He takes the box and does extrodinary thiings with it and his imagination. The bunny teaches us that we can takes soemthing ordinary and make it extrodinary using our imagination.
This would be a good book to teach students how to use their imaginations.”