Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Winter Reading 2019 What Is Inside the Box?


Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit, has begun a new series featuring the friends Monkey and Cake. In this first book Cake comes to see Monkey and notices that Monkey has a very large box. But what could be inside it? Monkey says that it is a magical cat that disappears when the box is opened. Cake questions this explanation. After several exchanges, Monkey points out that "You can think anything you want about what is inside the box when it is closed." That frees Cake to decide that there is a dinosaur inside.

Just as in the Crayon books, adults will have no trouble finding their own humor in the book. In a scene that will have them thinking back to discussions of Schrodinger's Cat, a labcoated Monkey poses in front of an easel with a sketch and a graph displayed on it. And after the friends leave to go find some pie, they will notice a cat peeking its head out from under the lid of the box. Adults may also worry about the ethics of Cake eating pie (or maybe I am the only concerned about that). 

I picked up an advance copy at NCTE. The book will be published on February 26, 2019 along with book 2, and book 3 is due in September. 

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