Fox and the Box (Hardcover)
Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“This is a delightful story told in very few words. What a perfect book for early readers to enjoy independently! With amazing artistry, the author introduces an adorable fox who decides to set sail in a box. The illustrations allow readers to use their imagination to follow the fox’s adventures and fill in the details. For example, by the light of the moon, we see the fox has survived a terrible gale with hail but the page only says, ‘Pail. Bail.’ Of course, there is a happy ending. I found myself falling in love with the fox and his little mouse friend, and I’m ready to share this gem with a young one just as soon as I can.”
— Pat Donmoyer, White Rabbit Children's Books and Gifts, Leonardtown, MD
What can a fox do with a box? Have a grand adventure!
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.
“Exciting and easy to read. Ivinson tells her story in 46 simple words. . . . the paintings of storm, waves, and the small boat and occupants alone on a vast expanse of sea are pretty thrilling. . .Dramatic and accessible for new readers.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“All the creatures depicted throughout the story burst with energy and personality, which allows those sharing the book together to extend the minimal text into an exciting adventure. The punchy words play with phonics and rhyme to create an enjoyable read-aloud as well as opportunities for new readers, and those sounding out their first words, to find success.”
— Horn Book Magazine
“Full-bleed acrylic paintings wonderfully convey Fox’s changing fortunes. Shifting visual perspectives follow him through contemplation, action, success, danger, and rescue. The text, employing rhythm, rhyme, and sound-work, is comprised only of singular words and short phrases, making this appealing picture book accessible to emergent readers.”
— ALA Booklist