“If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next?” We love Box by Flyte and Beardshaw, so were excited to read another book that celebrates the box and its wonders. “A box! A box is a strange device. You can open it once. You can open it twice. You can climb inside and read a book. It can be a library, palace, or nook.” Yolen goes on to explore the many things a box can become with a little imagination.
The rhythm of the text is lovely. A quiet build up, so much excitement in the middle, and a magical ending. Sheban’s illustrations give a sense of nostalgia for older readers and are enchanting for the young. Created with texture. A layering effect, using box characteristics such as tape, cut lines, rips, bends, corrugated cardboard, stickers, and even postage stamps. What To Do With a Box is a beautifully illustrated “poetic tribute to the humble” and so, so delightful, box.
What To Do With a Box, by Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Chris Sheban. Don’t miss the fun detail on the last page.