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Reviewed by Ashley Tetzaff for Readers' Favorite
Joe Jamaldinian’s book, Bob in a Box, is about a penguin who has spent his whole life living in a box. Bob keeps himself amply entertained by drawing amazing pictures for himself, listening to music on his record player, acting out various imaginary scenes with costumes, exercising, and eating large meals… but he cannot keep wondering what the world outside his box is like. Fear keeps him from ever looking. Until one evening, Bob read a lot of books and they opened his eyes to the wonders of the world outside his little box. Bob realized that he just had to overcome his fears and see the world. So he did. He opened the box and looked at the world. And it was amazing. And he moved outside his box and kept exploring.
I absolutely loved Joe Jamaldinian’s book! Bob in a Box is written in a simple and easy to read style, and the illustrations (done by Joe too) are gorgeous. I really appreciated the lesson that although it is good to be content with what you currently have, it is also good to overcome your fear of the unknown and explore the wider world. And the illustrations are so cute and colorful and filled with detail. I appreciated that the book didn’t just end with Bob looking out of his box, but that he actually traveled the world and who knows, maybe he is exploring out there right now. Such a sweet and lovely read. I will remember Bob in a Box for a long time and I hope the author continues to write more Bob books.