If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. The most wonderful thing is its seemingly endless capacity for magical adventure, a feature imaginatively captured in cardboardesque art by Chris Sheban and rhythmically celebrated in this poetic tribute by renowned children’s author Jane Yolen.
Jane Yolen. I am such a fan! This is a terrific book outlining some of the clever ways one can play with a box. The rhyming text seems effortless and the illustrations are fantastic. I love the way some of the box’s functional markings are incorporated into the illustrations. I could read this story again and again, that is, if we don’t have a box around to have our own adventure.
I love how this book encourages creativity and imaginative play. This book doesn’t have a lot of text, but I like that it’s simple and shows how many different things you can do with a box.
Chris Sheban has been awarded three gold and three silver medals by the Society of Illustrators. Some of the books he has illustrated are I Met a Dinosaur by Jan Wahl, Catching the Moon by Myla Goldberg, and What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen. He also illustrated Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan, also published by Roaring Brook Press.