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Not A Stick [Paperback]

Antoinette Portis
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Book Description

25 Jun 2009

A beautifully designed book, celebrating the power of the imagination to transform even the most ordinary of objects into something magical.

A stick is just a stick… unless it's not a stick. From fishing rod to dragon-taming sword a small pig shows that a stick will go as far as the imagination allows.

Antoinette Portis captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes reality. Her simple, spare text and illustrations show that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007254822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007254828
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Not a Box:

“Dedicated ‘to children everywhere sitting cardboard boxes’, this wonderful little book perfectly captures the amazing capacity of a child’s imagination to create endless possibilities out of a humble box. Brilliantly illustrated with a cute bunny (bearing a passing homage to the graphic minimalism of Duck Bruna’s Miffy), the box becomes all manner of wonderful things, from a rocketship to a hot-air balloon – anything but a plain old cardboard box. A super book that’s as close to perfection as a picture book can get!” Junior

“Simple and appealing… Nicely packaged in a cardboard cover, it looks like a kids’ classic in the making.” Time Out

“A stylish paean to the imagination for two- to four-year-olds.” Financial Times Magazine

“This fashionably simple book has Rabbit encouraging young children to explore imaginary worlds whilst sitting in a cardboard box – on land or water or up into space. Great fun.” Carousel

“The adorable story of Rabbit and imaginative world within a simple cardboard box.” Practical Parenting

About the Author

Antoinette Portis attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney Consumer Products. She lives in Studio City, California, USA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a stick 10 Jan 2010
A wonderful book with simplistic pictures that draw you in because the picture looks child friendly as though a child could do it! The journey of the story opens up a child imagination and starts the 'thinking process' that opens up the world of 'it can be whatever YOU want it to be'. So delightful the idea makes you think 'why didnt I think about writing this book'. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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Great fun story. Prompt delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not not-a-box but still good 30 Dec 2013
By KMay
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I bought this book based not the awesomeness of Not A Box. Although not quite as fun as the first I still think it's a fabulous book and I really enjoy reading it to my kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to use in KS1 12 Dec 2013
By nichola
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A great book. Good for imagination, writing fiction, lovely simple pictures and a lovely basic story for young learners in class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story 5 Oct 2013
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This book is brilliant for firing up the imagination. Great for ideas for children as a starter. Another good one is not a box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 21 July 2013
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I work in a pre school and I shared this book with our children I then gave them a lollipop stick for them to use their imagination and I was amazed at their ideas- This is a great book to encourage children to talk and offer their ideas- I also purchased Not A Box- both books are a must to encourage and develop communication skills
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 22 Mar 2013
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This book is soooo popular with each child at school they spent the whole story laughing and then when i asked them to be careful with there sticks............its not a stick hahah
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