Monday, March 16, 2009

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis

Inspiration comes from everywhere …




I first read about this book from a newsletter from a local bookstore. What caught my eyes was the rabbit figure. I love drawings which are almost like accidental doodles. And then the title: Not A Box. What is it about "Not a box" and a cute rabbit scribble?

The book is for children from 3 years old. It depicts mother rabbit’s various questions to little rabbit about a cardboard box.

- What are you doing on top of that box?

- This is not a box …
It encourages children (big or small) to be creative and playful. There is also a very subtle undertone through out the book about being insistence of your own idea.

I LOVE this book. Whenever I felt stuck about my writing or can’t seem to find story ideas or just having general frustration about life, I read the book (in my little rabbit voice) out loud to myself.
It reminds me not to bog down by one idea but be opened to ALL ideas. It tells me to be persistent about my vision of my creative work. It requires me to be childlike and playful: the essentials for being a creative person.
(More detials of the book from here)

5 comments:

Drab said...

where can i get this book!

i need this book!

Hybrid J said...

Hey Drab,

Nice to have you back ... you can get it from local Borders, Angus & Robertson etc ...

laughingwolf said...

sounds inspirational, thx j :D

Hybrid J said...

To the wolf who laughs,

Yes, it is surely an inspirational book, especially when it only takes about 7 mins to finish it! Now that's a killer ... ;)

Chapter Forty said...

Great minds think alike