Boris and the snoozebox

Leigh Hodgkinson

Book - 2008

Boris is in desperate need of a long catnap. And a boring cardoard box seems to the perfect place for it. But the cat is suddenly packed up and mailed to many locations, none of which want a cat. After being sent to another planet, Boris suddenly escapes from the box into a wonderful new home.

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Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales 2008.
Item Description
Originally published: Great Britain : Orchard Books, 2007.
Physical Description
[29] p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 29 cm
Main Author
Leigh Hodgkinson (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Generally speaking, Boris is a happy, busy cat, who finds his homeless state copacetic. But after a day of scampering, balancing, and looking cute, Boris needs a catnap. He curls up in an abandoned cardboard box and inadvertently begins an international postal adventure. As his makeshift cushion is shipped around the world (and beyond), Boris meets a series of expectant recipients, each successively disappointed, until he is delivered to the doorstep of Grandma Flapjack. Exuberant mixed-media collages and broken text recall Lauren Child's work but possess their own goofy integrity. Grandma Flapjack's coif is shaped by photographic tangles of gray yarn, complete with knitting needles, and Boris' box shows the wear and tear of its multiple destinations, appearing increasingly beat-up and stamp-bedecked at every stop. Hodgkinson adeptly uses color and shadow, swinging from vivid pinks and greens to somber browns and grays in succession, evoking a roller coaster of moods; and as the story concludes, with Boris' new green velvet pillow, all is right with the world. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1— Boris is a cat without a home. Mostly, he is content, but once in a while he wishes for a nice soft spot for a catnap. One day he finds a perfect cardboard box and makes himself comfortable. Unfortunately, the box is being sent to Lady Snootlethorpe, who is waiting for a teapot, not a cat. When she sees Boris, she sends him on, and the box ends up at the North Pole and many other places. Each time, no one wants a small hungry cat in need of a cozy place to sleep. Finally, Boris gets lucky. He is sent to a pleasantly surprised Grandma Flapjack, who isn't expecting a delivery but who has always wanted a cat, and he settles down for a little nap on "the world's most comfy pillow." The fun illustrations spill over the pages in imaginative and colorful collages of all sorts of materials and designs, creating a feast for the eyes. Children will love following Boris's adventures and picking out all the details of his trips.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA [Page 74]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When he takes a nap in a cardboard box, Boris the cat is packaged and shipped to doorsteps all over the world, startling unsuspecting people--all of whom do not want a cat!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

All Boris wants is a long catnap in his new cardboard box with no trouble whatsoever. But suddenly--STAMP, STAMP, scribble, scribble--the box is taped up and zoomed off to doorsteps all over the earth and beyond. . . . Every time Boris drifts off to sleep, someone opens the box and wakes him up. Beady eyes peek inside and loud voices shout, "This is NOT what I ordered! I DON'T want this cat!" (They want a prickly plant . . . giant teapot . . . or remote-controlled space butterfly.) This quirky cat tale proves there's no place like a loving home—especially if that home happens to have a plumpish pillow perfect for snooooooozing!