Thursday, December 18, 2008

Not a.....

Not a Box
by Antoinette Portis

From Amazon:Wrapped in basic, grocery-bag-brown paper, this streamlined book visualizes a child's imagined games. "Why are you sitting in a box?" reads the opening page, opposite an image of a small rabbit, drawn in the simplest, unshaded lines, who appears next to a square. "It's not a box," reads the text, presumably in the rabbit's defiant voice, on the next page, and equally simple red lines overlay the black-lined rabbit and box to show a speeding roadster. In the following spreads, the questioner (a clueless adult?) continues to ask about the rabbit's plans, while the little voice answers with the book's protest of a title. This owes a large debt to Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955). And as in Johnson's classic, the spare, streamlined design and the visual messages about imagination's power will easily draw young children, who will recognize their own flights of fantasy.

Not a Stick
by Antoinette Portis

From Amazon: Antoinette Portis again captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it becomes real. With a stick in hand, the options are endless—whether it's conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon—give a child a stick and let imagination take over and the magic begin.

From me: These are the cutest books! I love how there are few words and simple pictures, but so much is left to the reader to determine. I brought both books home from the library and Noah has "read" them with me 2-3 times each already! He favored the Not a Box book more, but I think it was because he could recognize the rabbit's imaginative creations. He's not familiar with batons and torches yet, but he can recognize cars and rockets! By the second reading he was asking me "what is it?" and then answering his own question. These are two books that are on my list to purchase and I think they could fast become classics!


Debbie said...

I just put Not a Box on Isaac's hold shelf at the library :) Thanks for the recommendation! I can't wait to read it with him.