Linda Sarah, Benji Davies (illus)
Simon and Schuster
Birt and Etho are best friends; they play wonderful games together using just their imagination… and two very large cardboard boxes. One day another boy called Shu arrives with a box of his own wanting to join the fun. What will happen to Birt and Etho’s friendship if Shu joins in too? This is a beautifully illustrated and sensitively told story about friendship, feeling left out and coping with change. It is also a story full of wonderfully imaginative play ideas.
Share the story
Before reading the book to your child, talk about the illustrations on the front and back covers together and encourage your child to think what might happen in the story. Then read the story aloud pausing to talk about the story when your child wants to.
As you read the book again leave gaps so your child can join in with all the things the characters in the story do.
Look at some of the double page spreads together and have imaginary conversations as if you are the characters in the story. You could add sound effects as well for example knocking on the door.
Talk about the story
Share favourite pages and talk about them.
Talk about how Birt feels at different points in the story. How do we know?
Things to make and do
Images from Catherine Ward and her son