Behind the book:
My children always loved playing with big cardboard boxes. They created everything using the boxes - from a boat to a movie theatre. When I found an old photograph of them sitting in a box with some of their toys I was inspired to write this book.
“The well-paced, child-centered text is complemented by Russo’s trademark two-dimensional gouache illustrations that realisitically capture the creative play of children. Young readers will relate to the sibling conflict and the resolution warmly encourages cooperation.”
School Library Journal
“With humor but no condescension, Russo captures the preschooler’s intense daily drama…The bright, clear gouache pictures show the joyful imaginative play and the sibling rivalry.”
The New York Public Library, Children's Books 2000
One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing
Bank Street College of Education – Best Books of the Year 2000