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Big Box Little Box
Contributor(s): Hart, Caryl, Underwood, Edward (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1681197863     ISBN-13: 9781681197869
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: July 2018
Annotation: A curious cat investigates every box it can find--and makes a mouse friend along the way.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cats; Fiction.
Boxes; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017047798
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.00" H x 9.75" W x 0.25" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Caryl Hart writes picture books and young fiction and loves walking her dog and sitting in cafes and libraries. She runs creative literacy workshops for schools and libraries. She has written Whiffy Wilson, The Princess and the Peas, The Princess and the Presents, and The Princess and the Giant. She lives in Derbyshire with her husband and two daughters.

Edward Underwood is one half of the Lisa Jones Studio design team. He and his wife, Lisa, began designing and hand-printing their own range of cards in their London studio in 2000. Drawing on their backgrounds in art and fashion, they've since stocked the world's finest galleries, museums, boutiques and department stores with design-led goodies. Big Box Little Box is Edward's first picture book.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #5)

With its bold, retro-stylized images and easy-reader verse, this creation harkens to iconic picture books of decades past. It stars a gray cat with brilliant green eyes—a cat that loves, as most cats do, to play with boxes. Fortunately, the cat's house is full of them. In a broad, cheerful spread, the cat hides behind an orange-and-pink-striped gift box, and a smaller box stands close by: "Big box/ Little box," the verse begins. More are pictured: "HUGE box/ Tiny box/ Thin box/ Fat box." The cat tries sitting on a box, which quickly collapses: "Cat box?/ Flat box." It finds a small mouse, but instead of dispatching it according to feline custom, the cat makes friends. Hart's (The Princess and the Peas) punchy, telegraphic text recalls One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, while stylish, vintage-y graphics by debut British illustrator Underwood have some of the flavor of mid-century ads. A handsome palette of lime, warm gray, and fuchsia, simple visual elements, and moments of humor create a visual excursion that explores shapes, actions, and sequences of events. Ages 3–6. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

PreS-K—In this delightful British import, a curious gray cat investigates boxes of assorted colors and sizes. Believing as most cats do that all boxes are "cat box[es]," the indomitable feline gets in and out of a slew of containers, some to the consternation of its owner, until encountering a mysterious nibbled box. Peeking inside, the kitty discovers a little mouse. Naturally, the cat playfully pursues the mouse, but in the end, the unlikely new friends share a cozy cuddle in the cat's nap box. Pared-down graphic illustrations match the short but snappy text, both imbued with contagious energy of a frisky cat. VERDICT A lively lighthearted frolic that will have young audiences asking for it again and again in one-on-one readings or in storytime.—Yelena Voysey, formerly at Pickering Educational Library, Boston University

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.