Children’s Book Review: The Gift Box by Rowan Henry

About the Book

One day Ollie’s mother tells him that he is “a beautiful gift.” Delighted with this new “identity,” Ollie invites his friend Benjamin to guess what it is. When poor Benjamin cannot guess, despite many hints, Ollie refuses to play with him. Seeing that he’s hurt his friend’s feelings, Ollie realizes that the best gift of all is friendship. Rohan Henry has wonderfully captured the interactions of young friends as they come to learn how to play together.

About the Author

Rohan Henry is a writer and illustrator of Jamaican origin who studied writing at the University of Massachusetts and New York University. He is the author of The Perfect Gift and Good Night, Baby Ruby. He lives in Maine with his wife and their two young children.

Our Thoughts…

We were pretty delighted with The Gift Box by Rowan Henry. The book we were sent is 9×9 in size featuring a  hardcover and has a shiny, eye catching cover illustration  making this book one a child would probably aim to grab right away for story time.  I for one really liked the fun child-like drawn illustrations used as well as the colors.  As I read this story to my children ages 3 1/2 & 1 years old, I could almost see the lively little characters dancing off the pages as they paraded around.

We found this to be  a cute tale that illustrates love and  friendship in a fun way. It kept not only my kids eager to see what would happen next but myself as well. This book confronts love, empathy, self concepts, and friendship. This would be a cute book to share with your children either boy or girl and a special gift for Valentines Day!

Buy it…

You can purchase  The Gift Box on for $11.01 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. Other titles available by this author include The Perfect Gift and Good Night, Baby Ruby.

Disclosure: This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review. Special thanks to Abrams Books for sending this book to my family to review.