We really enjoyed these two books! The illustrations are so simple, but so captivating at the same time. Both books celebrate the power of the imagination. In Not a Box, a little bunny is asked over and over again, "What are you doing in that box?" and he repeatedly tells them that it is not a box! The illustrations show him driving a race car, climbing a mountain, being a robot, etc. Juliet loved the "not a box" pages and would explain what each fantasy was--"it's a boat, mama! It's a hot air balloon!"
Not a Stick is just as fun. In it a little pig goes fishing for sharks, paints a masterpiece (the image of van gogh's starry night is a nice touch on this page) and fights a dragon. All little kids have huge imaginations--these books reminded me of the way juliet sees the world--where ANYTHING can be a toy and that usually, the best toys are the simplest ones--a rock, a stick, an empty box, some mixing bowls, or even a garden bucket.
Activity Idea: Get some simple toys--a stick or an empty box--and play with your child! Sit back and let him take the lead. I'm sure you'll be flying airplanes, building bridges, cooking breakfast, and riding horses in no time!