Be careful what you wish for definitely holds true for Rebecca, main character of Bigger Than A Bread Box by Laurel Snyder. Rebecca is uprooted from her Baltimore townhouse by her mother who decides to separate from her dad and live in Atlanta with Grandma. Rebecca doesn’t have an easy go of it as a new kid until she finds a magical bread box in the attic.
When Rebecca wishes on the bread box items come out of it to fulfill her wish. This is totes awesome at first, but then when Rebecca wishes for items bigger than a bread box it totally backfires on her. Go figure, right.
I’m not from a broken home, so I can’t speak to my experience, but I know enough people who aren’t and am in love with someone who is to be able to empathize. I think that Laurel Snyder captures the feelings of isolation, self-blame and resentment that a child has when their parents split in Bigger Than A Bread Box. I love that Laurel Snyder takes a real life issue and blends it with fantasy so kids can connect, yet have some escapism while they are at it, because really, who wouldn’t want a magical item that grants wishes? That would be SO awesome.
Bigger Than A Bread Box by Laurel Snyder is a quick and compelling read. I remember turning the pages super fast because I wanted to see what the deal was with the bread box and was waiting for the other shoe to drop. The chapters are wicked short, so those of you who say JUST ONE MORE CHAPTER will one more chapter yourself until you read Bigger Than A Bread Box in a single setting, like I did. Bigger Than A Bread Box by Laurel Snyder is definitely an awesome read to give to a kid who is going through something similar to Rebecca – bibliotherapy, yo!
Disclosure: I borrowed this from my local library — the coolest place in da hood.
This is a CYBILS book — and while not shortlisted, was very good.