Book Review: Roxaboxen

By Kayla Rochelle February 7, 2024

Recommended Ages 4-8 years

I strongly believe in the power of running barefoot in the warm grass as being important for the childhood soul. There is something so magical about summer days where anything feels possible, and this book encompasses exactly that. ‘Roxaboxen’, written by Alice McLerran, is a special book based on a true story about a neighborhood of kids and the imaginary town they create using everything nature has to offer them. Stones become walls and money, and sticks become tools. This small imaginary town has rules and a hierarchy and it’s an important part of summers for all of the neighborhood kids. Illustrator, Barbara Cooney, is known for her work depicting classic stories about times long ago. This book showcases her dreamlike style and adds to the importance of the town of Roxaboxen. As we approach the long summer days, I love the reminder of how much fun we can and should be having with everything the outside has to offer.

Kayla is a wife, mother and beach-loving book reader. She's a family photographer over at Kayla Rochelle Photography, and organizer of the Facebook group, Little One’s Literary Review. Her love of good books started as a child and only grew with the birth of her own daughters. Kayla's got an undying love of children's books with gorgeous illustrations and moral lessons. 

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