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The Nowhere Box
by Sam Zuppardi


Overview - Could George’s escape from his pesky brothers be a bit too successful? An ode to imagination —and annoying but indispensable siblings. George’s little brothers wreck his toys and his games and trail after him wherever he goes. Try as he might, there’s just no hiding from them.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Could George’s escape from his pesky brothers be a bit too successful? An ode to imagination —and annoying but indispensable siblings. George’s little brothers wreck his toys and his games and trail after him wherever he goes. Try as he might, there’s just no hiding from them. George has had enough! So he commandeers an empty washing machine box and goes to the one place his brothers can’t follow: Nowhere. Nowhere is amazing! It’s magnificent! It’s also, however, free of pirates and dragons and . . . well, anyone at all. From exciting new talent Sam Zuppardi comes an all-too-relatable story of an older brother who knows when he needs his space — and when he needs his siblings — played out in charmingly offbeat illustrations.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763663674
  • ISBN-10: 0763663670
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.73 x 0.39 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.84 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Siblings
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Even in our screen-dominant age, the arrival of a big cardboard box can still be momentous for a kid. For George, a washing machine box with hand-drawn button controls becomes a combination transporter, transmogrifier, and (most important) a refuge from his bratty younger brothers—until, of course, he realizes their value as playmates. Making his picture book debut, Zuppardi, whose exuberantly scrawled pencil line and variegated palette is reminiscent of David Shannon, finds a rich source of inspiration in cardboard, painting and manipulating it to create George’s pretend adventures. A ride on a scream-worthy rollercoaster made from looped and twisted cardboard leads to a rocket ship zooming through a mini-galaxy, which in turn becomes a swashbuckling scene on the high seas, with spirals of corrugated material forming the cresting, churning waves. Although the text doesn’t come close to the originality of the visuals (“Nowhere was amazing! Nowhere was magnificent! Nowhere was stupendous!”), readers probably won’t notice. They’ll be too busy asking their grownups, “Don’t we need a new refrigerator or something?” Ages 4–8. Agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Nov.)

 
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