The Spooky Box

Mark Gonyea; illustrations by Mark Gonyea

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

There’s a KNOCK at the door.
     A box shows up on the front step. A SPOOKY black box. What could be inside?
     With fun, dramatic designs, Mark Gonyea shows the scary things that might slither, slice, or slide their way out, from a ton of toads to a bunch of old bones to a robot with laser eyes. When it comes time to open the box, it’s up to the reader to lift the lid!


Praise for The Spooky Box

"The book leaves an opening for creative storytellers to make more of the bare-bones text and to use the framework for an inventive reading." - School Library Journal


"Possibilities abound for creative writing or art activities." -- Kirkus Reviews


"Using sharp, angular illustrations in a palette of black, white, and a rather unholy shade of yellow, Gonyea builds zingy tension as his worrywart narrator frets about what might be inside a spooky black box that has appeared at the door.... Funny and original Halloween fun."--Publishers Weekly, starred review


Praise for A Wish for Elves:

“A limited palette of reds, greens and yellow and simple shapes provide a sharp, contemporary look that will appeal to older children with limited reading skills.” —Kirkus Reviews


Praise for A Book about Design:


* “A clean, clear, lighthearted look at the communicative clout of color, contrast, and contour.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review


“The only current title that effectively deconstructs complex princples of graphic design for children.” —The New York Times Book Review

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  • Mark Gonyea; illustrations by Mark Gonyea

  • Mark Gonyea is the author and illustrator of several children’s books, including A Book About Design and A Wish for Elves. He lives in Vermont.

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The Spooky Box

Mark Gonyea; illustrations by Mark Gonyea