Joey and the Giant Box

Deborah Lakritz (Author) Mike Byrne (Illustrator)


When Joey decides to keep the giant box in which the new dishwasher arrives, he comes up with a very special use for it--and does a mitzvah along the way.

Product Details

Kar-Ben Publishing (R)
Publish Date
January 01, 2015
9.8 X 0.4 X 9.8 inches | 0.8 pounds
Library Binding
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About the Author

Deborah Lakritz has a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. Her previous books include Say Hello, Lily (Kar-Ben). A mother of five, she lives in Milwaukee with her husband, children and pet fish, Sunny.

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In this picture book, Joey's parents have a dishwasher delivered, which comes in a gigantic box. Joey begs his mom, who wants to recycle it, to let him keep it as a plaything. Mom convinces Joey to give it to his school as a donation box to help him learn about helping others. Despite the heavily didactic tone, some parents and teachers will find that this works well as a read-aloud. Byrne's clear illustrations jell well with the text to tell a lively story while presenting a moral lesson. -- BayViews

-- "Journal"

Joey loves to collect things as all young children do. But when a new dishwasher is delivered to the house, he wants to keep the biggest box ever, the dishwasher box. Joey has a ball playing with this box using his imagination and traveling to all sorts of faraway places. But the box proves to be too big in his bedroom and Joey must get rid of it. Instead, Joey comes up with a great idea when he sees a similar box at the grocery store filled with food donations for the local food bank. He is inspired to use his box to help others, too. With the help of his classmates, Joey and his friends collect food items for the local food bank. This is a wonderful story about how to make a difference in other people's lives and the importance of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedekah (charity). With whimsical and cartoon-like illustrations that nicely support the text, young children will be able to relate to Joey and his ideas. -- AJL Reviews

-- "Magazine"