What I Loved:
If you have kids, you know that a cardboard box is like Christmas…I guess that is true of cats too HAHA! Boxitects takes that fun, imaginative play and turns it into a wonderful story. I loved that there were not just Boxitects in this story but many different types of builders. It was a great idea for a book, and I loved reading it with my kids.
How I Felt:
Boxitects is a story about Meg, a young “boxitect” which is a builder of things with boxes. She starts a new school called the Maker School. She meets other children that are also builders but using blankets, egg cartons, tin foil, and even noodles! She is the only boxitect though. I really appreciated how Meg is introduced to others like her, and yet they all have their own niche. It was fun to learn about these different builders.
The illustrations were really great. We spent a lot of time checking out all the awesome creations that Meg built. I found that this book sparked so much creativity in my kids. The back of the book has a “How To” section with step-by-step instructions for building your own Boxitect creations. This was such a great addition!
This was an adorable story and what pushed it from a 4 to 5 star for me was the conflict. Meg was the only Boxitect until Simone starts Maker School too. All of a sudden Meg feels competitive. Simone isn’t very nice Meg and Meg isn’t nice in return. Then, they are paired together in a teamwork competition and things do not go well. The story did an EXCELLENT job of showing what happens when people try to reach the same end-goal and don’t work together. The girls end up building two separate things connected at the bottom, but it becomes a terrible problem for them with results that come crashing down.
This was my favorite part of the book. I found it to be impactful for my kids. There were lots of Oh No’s! leading up to this. Boxitects then shows our young readers how working together can create wonderful results as Meg and Simone find that they can be friends and both be Boxitects.
Overall, this was a super cute story with detailed, fun illustrations and a solid story. The creative aspect of the story was great for kids, and the lesson on working together was perfect.
To Read or Not To Read:
Boxitects is a great book for preschool to middle elementary school children. With a STEAM-centered plot, this would be great for a school or library, but it’s perfect for at home too.
Where to Find This Book:
Boxitects by Kim Smith published on January 14, 2020. You can find the book at these places.
A STEAM-centered, adorably illustrated picture book about Meg, a brilliant and creative boxitect who creates extraordinary things out of ordinary cardboard boxes.
Meg is a brilliant and creative boxitect. She loves impressing her teacher and classmates with what she makes out of boxes. But there’s a new kid at Maker School: Simone. Simone is good at everything, and worst of all, she’s a boxitect too.
When the annual Maker Match is held, Meg and Simone are paired as a team but can’t seem to stop arguing. When their extraordinary project turns into a huge disaster, they must find a way to join creative forces, lift each other up, and work together.
- Boxitects by Kim Smith
- Target Reader: Preschool – Middle Grade
- Page Count: 40 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books
- Pub Date: January 14, 2020
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving this honest, unbiased review voluntarily.