Because a box is just a box, except when it's not."
Join in the creative fun as a little boy explains why his box is his favourite toy.
Publication Date: mar 15 2014
ISBN/EAN13: 1497344646 / 9781497344648
Page Count: 44
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8.25" x 8.25"
Colour: Full Colour with Bleed
Related Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Imagination & Play
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21569590-the-box
Author website: http://www.JoLinsdell.com
Jo Linsdell is a best selling author and illustrator and internationally recognized marketing expert. She is also the founder and organizer of the annual online event "Promo Day" (www.PromoDay.info) and the Writers and Authors blog (http://WritersAndAuthors.blogspot.com). To find out more about Jo and her projects visit her website www.JoLinsdell.com.
Tell us a bit about "The Box"
The Box is a story about a young boy and the fun he has playing with a cardboard box.
My own kids love creative play and we've made several things out of left over cardboard boxes. When ever we have some boxes around they never get thrown out without first being played with. The Box provides inspiration for easy creative play that will keep kids busy for hours. Whether they just imagine that the box is a pirate ship or if you actually turn the box into a castle for them, they will enjoy themselves.
In a world that is more and more about high tech, expensive, toys I think it's important to show kids that they can have just as much (if not more) fun using their imagination.
What formats is the book available in?
Print 8.25 x 8.25 and kindle.
Where can the book be purchased?
The book is available in print and kindle formats from Amazon.
How did you get the idea for this book?
I actually got the idea for this book during PiBoIdMo in November last year but as I was also taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge too I decided to hold off developing it until January.
We had recently bought some new furniture and ended up with loads of empty cardboard boxes. It seemed like such a shame to just throw them out so the kids and I had some creative fun with them. I built a cardboard castle and a cardboard sword and shield for each of my boys. They had great fun playing with it. In the past I'd also made them a cardboard kitchen from left over boxes which resulted in weeks of fun. They used it to play house, and chefs. They even set up their own little restaurant and used smaller pieces to make menu's.
It was playing with our left over cardboard boxes that sparked the idea for the book. When we were deciding what to make ours into we had loads of ideas.
How much of a role do your own children play in the creation of your children's books?
I try to include my boys as much as possible. They both love drawing and reading so we often play together whilst I work. For The Box they helped come up with ideas for what the box could become. They always let me know what they like and don't like too so I can get my books just right.
What do you hope readers will take away from The Box?
The Box is all about being creative and using your imagination. It also shows that kids don't need all those expensive toys out there in order to have fun. I hope it will stimulate both the children and their parents to have more creative fun.
You also work for hire as an illustrator. What projects do you have coming up?
I'm currently working on Jasmine the Chef, which is the second book in the Jasmine Dreams series by author Maria Rochelle. The book is scheduled for release April 2014.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing or illustrating I spend most of my time with my family. My kids make sure I never get bored ;) I also enjoy reading, shopping, doing Zumba, hanging out with friends, and watching TV. I don't do the latter very often but I do enjoy watching shows like Castle, The Finder, and CSI.
Where can people find out more about you and your books?
On my website www.JoLinsdell.com
Anything else you'd like to add?
I organise an annual online event called Promo Day which is dedicated to promoting, networking, and learning. This years event will take place on Saturday 31st May at www.PromoDay.info. Registration is now open and everyone is welcome to take part. It's completely free to attend.
This year I have a great line up of presenters and there will also be live pitch sessions with publishers during the event as well as loads of opportunities to promote and network.