Fox and the Box

Fox and the Box
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Release Date
May 21, 2019
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In this debut picture book, author-illustrator Yvonne Ivinson invites readers on an imagination- and vocabulary-fueled journey. With colorful, engaging paintings; a lively, limited word count; an adorable fox; and a story with a surprise ending, this book is a great choice for emerging readers.

What can one little fox do with only a box? Perhaps make it a ship, and go on a trip? A boat that floats across the sea, with a tail as a sail and endless possibilities?

Author-illustrator Yvonne Ivinson’s debut picture book is a celebration of imagination, creativity, and language arts, starring a memorable main character. With a brief, engaging text, humorous illustrations, and a surprise ending, this is a perfect book for emerging readers and for sharing together.

Fans of What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig, by Emma Virján, and Egg, by Kevin Henkes, will love this delightful read-aloud.

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gorgeous story of determination
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FOX AND THE BOX is a charming picture book that follows a fox as he/she converts a box into a boat, gets lost at sea, and then saved by a whale. In clever text of rhyming words on each page spread, the story plays out with gorgeous images and minimal text.

What I loved: With minimal and rhyming text, this book is completely charming even for the youngest of readers. The illustrations are gorgeous and thrilling as we watch Fox convert the box into a boat and then fight the elements until arriving safely back at shore (thanks to the whale). The sea and storm are unbelievably beautiful, and young readers will love exploring the images in this book. The personality of the Fox shines through the illustrations, making this an even better story.

Final verdict: This picture book is a lovely and delightful read for young readers, as the pages can turn quickly with minimal text and gorgeous illustrations. Highly recommend this story of determination, exploration, and friendship for young readers from toddlers through young elementary schoolers.
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