AdventureBox is a, digest sized publication to encourage children (ages 6-9) to read on their own. Promoted as “more than a book,” each issue features a multi-chapter illustrated main story spanning nearly 50 pages. Following the main story, there is a regular photo section highlighting some facts-based aspect of the natural world, such as fir trees, horse chestnuts or pebbles. Nibby, an anthropomorphic stubby pencil character, hosts the “games” section. There is also a reoccurring comic book called Zack Jinks, which is a more innocent, more inquisitive character riff on both the American and British versions of “Dennis the Menace.” While AdventureBox does encourage young children to read multi-chapter stories, much of the content is lighter than its sibling publications. It’s meant mostly as light entertainment with cartoony illustrations (in fact, Zack even gets a full 47-page story one issue). While AdventureBox is more educational, and certainly non-violent compared to many superhero comic books available today, this publication is best suited for young people who haven’t yet discovered how much fun reading can be.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.