Review – Box Boy

Even the cover makes you want to open this book and dive inside, just like a real life box. If it does this to an adult, imagine what it does to box-obsessed children (and isn’t that all of them?).

Box Boy likes to collect things. He collects all sorts of things. Especially boxes. He likes boxes because he can do all sorts of things with them. He can make a rocket ship and fly to the moon, he can create a throne, complete with wrapping paper roll sceptre. He loves boxes so much, that when his parents bought him a new bed, he slept in its box instead!

One day, after making a rather impressive and enormous Eiffel Tower – yes, out of boxes – a gallery director strolls by. He loves Box Boy’s creations so much, he insists on gathering them together for an art exhibition. Box Boy is soon all over the media. When asked his inspiration behind the artwork – his response? “I just really like boxes.”

The artwork in this book is pure pleasure, as is the comical way Webster brings heart and soul to his characters. Seriously loving the layout and design of this book, too – and the surprise ending is a giggle-worthy delight.

Oh – kids will love it, too.

The Box Boy is published by Windy Hollow Books.

Published by

Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of children's books and adult non-fiction. Recent books include Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: A journey around Melbourne, and Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline. She's also an editor, publisher and founder of Kids Book Review.