Joey and the Giant Box

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

When Joey decides to keep the giant box in which the new dishwasher arrives, he comes up with a very special use for it—and does a mitzvah along the way.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039220, JUV033020, JUV051000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 580
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Deborah Lakritz

Deborah Lakritz is the author of several picture books including award-winning PJ Library selection, Say Hello, Lily. She can usually be found in a cozy cafe working on books for children of all ages. She and her husband live in Wisconsin where they raised five children.

Illustrator: Mike Byrne

Mike Byrne grew up near Liverpool, U.K., and then moved to London to work as an illustrator by day and a crayon wielding crime fighter by night. He now lives with his wife and two cats in the countryside. He spends his days doodling and creating children's books fueled only by tea and cookies.


AJL Newsletter

“This is a wonderful story about how to make a difference in other people’s lives and the importance of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedekah (charity).” — AJL Reviews


“In this picture book, Joey’s parents have a dishwasher delivered, which comes in a gigantic box. Joey begs his mom, who wants to recycle it, to let him keep it as a plaything. Mom convinces Joey to give it to his school as a donation box to help him learn about helping others. Despite the heavily didactic tone, some parents and teachers will find that this works well as a read-aloud. Byrne’s clear illustrations jell well with the text to tell a lively story while presenting a moral lesson.” — BayViews