A Fox Found a Box by Ged Adamson. Schwartz & Wade, 2019. 9781984830531
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Animal fantasy
What did you like about the book? This is a charming book that I have already used in story time. A fox finds a box, and upon fiddling with a dial, the box starts to make music. Fox and his friends love the feeling of moving to the rhythm of the music. They experience relaxation, sadness and even the exhilaration of rocking out: “It felt nice.” When the music eventually stops, they have to come to terms with the silence. I loved everything about this story: the playful pencil and watercolor art, the lovely snowy forest setting, and especially the treatment of mindfulness in the face of no media input. Kids will enjoy being knowledgeable about what the box is (a radio) and why the music stops. Grownups will enjoy sharing the animals’ awareness of all the wonderful things around them in nature that can also spur joy.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For anyone seeking books about contemplation, such as Tomie dePaola’s Quiet or Jon Muth’s Zen Shorts. For ages 3 and up.
Who should buy this book? Day care centers, elementary schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: December 11, 2019