Review: Toni Morrison’s The Big Box Is A Funny Perspective On Punishment

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Mickey, Patty and Liza Sue can’t handle their freedom.

They play handball where they’re not supposed to and let the chickens keep their eggs. The adults taking care of them are disappointed because the kids aren’t following the rules. (But if the adults are the ones making the rules, where is the freedom in that?) So, adults locked them in a big box, and give them everything they want to be happy like Barbies, popcorn and a fish tank with plastic fish.

The Big Box is the first children’s book by author Toni Morrison and her son Slade Morrison. Written in poetry, the mother and son duo form an opinion on freedom and materialism.

The pictures by illustrator Giselle Potter are nice, and she did a great job adding details to the story. The theme of the book was also interesting. I think it meant that sometimes too many rules can limit your freedom.

I recommend this book to readers any age, because younger kids may enjoy the book, but older ones and even adults will have a better understanding of the message of the story.

This book was pretty good. I rate it 3 out of 4 roses.



One comment

  1. Elena, this is a very mysterious review, now I’m so curious about the book! It seems there’s a twist that maybe the kids didn’t want too much of their favorite things? Maybe the “box” is a metaphor for something else?

    I have read several of Toni Morrison’s books for adults, and freedom is a recurring theme. Very cool to see it’s the same in her children’s literature. I know your mom has already read several of her adult books. What does your mom think of Toni Morrison’s writings for kids?


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