What’s In the Box? by Isabel Otter, illustrated by Joaquin Camp

What’s In the Box? by Isabel Otter, illustrated by Joaquin Camp. Tiger Tales, 2021. 9781680106831

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format:  Board book

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book?  Readers are invited to guess what is inside five boxes through textual and visual clues.  “A pile of boxes has arrived…can you guess what hides inside?”  The first box has labels including “On Fire! Please Take Care.”  Sharp-eyed readers will spy some sparkly scales through a hole in the box.  A lift of the flap reveals a sleeping dragon!  The other boxes reveal a monster in “a pretty dress,”  a knitting dinosaur, and a disco unicorn.  The final box reveals: “But best of all, when we take a look, we find each character in…a Book!”  The bright graphic illustrations are appealing and not too scary.  A fun guessing game book. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Pair this with Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell for a fun storytime.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and pre-school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:   September 16, 2021  

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