The Box

The Box

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It's a schoolyard rumble: dreary realism vs. unbridled imagination! Even if the conclusion is never in doubt, Janssens makes getting there a world of fun, largely due to his three-dimensional sculptures that bring to life the invented adventures of a boy named Kenny. - Publishers Weekly

Leo has a brand new bike. It's red and shiny and perfect. All the other kids think it's the best thing ever--but not Kenny. Kenny's happiest with his box. It's way more fun than a bike--because with a big cardboard box you can have the most fantastic and exciting adventures anywhere in the whole wide world!
While Leo is busy showing off his bright red bike, with its loud bell and thunderbolt decal, imaginative and kindhearted Kenny plays in a box and pays no attention to the new bike. Leo gets angry when he runs into Kenny's box while riding his bike, but he soon learns that the box can take the kids on the playground places that Leo's bike never could--jungles, race tracks, and the sky! By the end of playtime, Leo learns the value of imagination, friendship, and cooperation.

A celebration of the power of imagination. An inspiring picture book for children aged 4 and up.

Author: Axel Janssens
Publisher: Clavis
Published: 11/01/2012
Pages: 30
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 11.50h x 8.30w x 0.30d
ISBN: 9781605371344
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.5
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 157938 / Box


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2012
Publishers Weekly 11/05/2012
School Library Journal 03/01/2013 pg. 114

About the Author
Axel Janssens (1977, Ukkel, Belgium) works as an illustrator and a designer for various clients. At a young age, he moved with his family to the countryside of Diest. The world that sprang from his imagination often took over. His grandfather, an ex-footballer, hoped that his grandson would cherish the same passion for the sport, but that wasn't the case. The desire for a career as an engineer or a lawyer was also in vain. After a (relatively) carefree childhood and somewhat more difficult puberty, it slowly became clear that Axel had been put in the cradle for only one thing. Of this, he has made his profession.