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Not a Box

Written & illustrated by Antoinette Portis
Published by HarperCollins
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Don’t miss this wholly original celebration of the power of imagination, winner of a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award

A box is just a box…unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.

Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over inside a cardboard box, and through play, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.

The simple text makes the book appropriate for toddlers, but the message and retro feel of the book also lead to it being an original and compelling gift to mark an occasion such as a graduation.

What Kind of Book is Not a Box

Quotes from Not a Box

  • “It’s not, not, not, not, not a box!”

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Who Wrote Not a Box

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Antoinette Portis

Antoinette Portis attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney Consumer Products. Among her many books for children are Froodle, Best Frints in the Whole Universe, Wait, and the forthcoming Now. She lives in Studio City, California.

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Antoinette Portis's Book Dedication

To children everywhere sitting in cardboard boxes

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December 12, 2006
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