Themes: Love, Family, Father, Son, Passion, Communication, Community
This is Stephen Michael King’s first ever picture book, it’s simple, exquisite, beautiful, meaningful and timeless. As you read this book you get a sense that one of Stephen’s gifts is his ability to illustrate the humanity of his characters, their frailness, their beauty and their own individual story.
At a basic level, this is a story of a father and a son and the father trying to find a way to tell his son that he loves him. And in saying “basic” I’m doing it an injustice because it’s not “basic” at all, it’s deep, wise and honest.
At a deeper level this is about how we as a community communicate our feelings with one another, how we befriend people who are different to us and how we can live together as one family.
And, on another level this is about the extent and power of our imagination.
Once upon a time there lived a man who loved boxes…
A story to be read by fathers to their children of all ages
A story that will withstand time
A story that needs to be shared
A story that is both wise and whimsical