Isn’t the name wonderful?
The Imagination Box is the story of a boy called Tim, who has convinced himself that all he needs in life are his pencil and paper (and some confectionery would do no harm). Recently adopted, he knows that all the papers have been signed, but cannot help thinking of his new home as temporary. His easiest defence mechanism is to convince himself that he does not need friends. He is happiest by himself. No one else matters.
Until, of course, he meets Professor Eisenstone, inventor of the imagination box. Never one to curb his curiosity, Tim tries on a funny helmet thing connected to a box, not sure what to expect. And the magic begins … He alone has been able to make Professor Eisenstone’s imagination box work. And he can create anything he likes.
The book has so much potential and so many truly brilliant bits. I love the finger monkey Phil. I love Professor Eisenstone. I enjoyed the fact that the imagination box can create things beyond Professor Eisenstone’s idea of the possible.
But the villains … I would have liked them to be more villainish. I want to be scared of them, to feel what Tim feels! Even the way it is, though, it’s a book I’d recommend, simply because the idea is so lovely.
|Title||The Imagination Box|
|Rating (out of 5)||3.5|