Now Open the Box

Now Open the Box

by Dorothy Kunhardt

Hardcover(Reprint)

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Overview

Peewee’s in the box! Peewee the dog doesn’t know any tricks, “not a single one not even how to roll over not even how to shake hands but never mind he is so teeny weeny that everybody loves him,” the clown, the fat lady, the thin man, the huge tall giant, the strong baby, the acrobats, the elephants, and all the other amazing performers in the wonderful circus of the man with the quite tall red hat. But then something unexpected happens that threatens to bring Peewee’s time under the Big Top to an end.

Now Open the Box is a beautiful example of the art of Dorothy Kunhardt, the author of the timeless classic Pat the Bunny and the pioneering picture book Junket Is Nice. Here Kunhardt speaks with wonderfully reassuring directness to children’s hopes and fears while making magic out of the simplest things.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590177082
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt (1901–1979) was an American author of books for small children and is best known for Pat the Bunny (1940), one of the all-time best-selling children’s books in the United States. Her first book, Junket Is Nice (which is also part of the The New York Review Children’s Collection), was a success when it appeared in 1933 and was followed by Now Open the Box, Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather, Brave Mr. Buckingham, and Tiny Animal Stories. Kunhardt published nearly fifty books, including several nonfiction works for adults about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (her father amassed a legendary collection of Civil War–era photographs and memorabilia). Several years after her death, Philip B. Kunhardt Jr. remembered his mother’s boundless curiosity and appreciation for the way young people observe the world, writing in The New York Times that “for Dorothy Kunhardt a children’s book was nothing more or less than a way to talk to children.”

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“With Dorothy Kunhardt, words come to the fore, words running on and piling up and repeating themselves, stopping only to put a question—WRONG! then rushing on again until the listener, on tenterhooks, can stand it no longer.... Now Open the Box is about little Peewee, dear little Peewee the circus dog, who ‘doesn’t know any tricks not a single one not even how to roll over not even how to shake hands but never mind he is so teeny weeny that everybody loves him’.... Drawing or not, Dorothy Kunhardt had the right ideas.” —Barbara Bader, American Picturebooks from Noah’s Ark to The Beast Within
 
“For Dorothy Kunhardt a children’s book was nothing more or less than a way to talk to children. And if along the way the pages of the book had to float in a bath, had to squeak, had to bounce, had to light up, had to change color, had to feel furry or be in the shape of a snake or an elephant for feeling under the covers, if the book had to have a lock on it, a hole through it, a smell all its own, even if the book had to be eaten, that was O.K.—because that was all part of the delight.” —The New York Times

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Now Open the Box 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BookwormLisa More than 1 year ago
This classic children's book has been republished so that children today can read and enjoy it. Dorothy Kunhardt wrote of Peewee, the little dog who fit in a small box. Everyone in the circus loved him. He was cute and tiny. Then the unthinkable happened and he grew. His growth almost lost him his place in the circus. He was no longer a novelty. Everyone was sad. The book deals with a question many children have. When I grow up will I still be wanted and loved? Peewee grew up to become a large dog who fit in a large box. No matter how much he grew a place was found for him. That's a great lesson for kids, there's always room for them no matter how big they get.
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
"Once there was a circus man who wore a tall red hat and he had a very wonderful circus. And every day he would stand in front of his big red circus tent holding a very small box.  Now what could be in that little, tiny box?  When the circus man opens the box, all the people who ran, skipped, and hopped up to the circus man saw for themselves "the teeniest weeniest teeny teeny weeny weeny little dog in all the world."  The teeniest, tiniest little dog was named Peewee.  Now Peewee the dog is not very talented.  He doesn't know any tricks, "not a single one not even how to roll over and not even how to shake hands but never mind he is so teeny weeny that everybody loves him."   His adoring fans from the circus troupe includes the clown, the fat lady, the thin man, the huge tall giant, the strong baby, the acrobats, the elephants, and well, everybody!  But something is about to happen to Peewee that will change his life forever and his beloved career as the prima circus dog.  Kunhardt's simplistic, bold pictures captures a child's imagination and her words reassure the reader that indeed little Peewee will not be cast out out of his circus home but will come back into the fold even stronger and more loved.  I love the fact that these beautiful classic books are once again being resurrected so a whole new generation of readers can laugh and enjoy these timeless books. 
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
NOW OPEN THE BOX by Dorothy Kunhardt is an exciting Children's book/Growth/Circus. Age Range: 3-7, Grade level: Preschool-2. Follow Prewee,the teen weeny, dog and his friends, the clown,the fat lady,the thin man,the giant,the strong baby,acrobats,elephants,and all the other performers inside the Big Top Tent. A timeless classic by an amazing Children's author. Filled with colorful illustrations and interesting characters. Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy Peewee and his friends. While "Now Open The Box" was first publisher in 1934,it is the follow up to "Junket is Nice",it is an inventive,whimsical, colorful story that is now a classic. Everybody is sure to love Peewee,don't let his size fool you one little bit. A classic that is sure to delightful children everywhere. Beanie Baby's thoughts: "It is very funny,and is easy to read for 7 year- old and above. I like the pictures. I enjoyed it and would like to read more books by this author." Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S BOOK) REVIEWED BY: AprilR and Beanie Baby, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More