THE WONDERFUL BOX by Mildred Ames

THE WONDERFUL BOX

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A flat, simplistic heart-bleeder about pathetic siblings Grover, Midge, and Joey, whose Mama works, and who find a large gift-wrapped box in their alley. Virtuous as they are, the children take the box to the police station, where they're told it's theirs if not claimed in a month; and from then on each one believes that the box contains the answer to his or her birthday-cake wish. The box is predictably claimed in the last hour of the month, but, just as predictably, the children get their wishes anyway: with his share of the reward money (plus nickles he's collected from the neighbor kids for box-viewing), Grover buys a used bike; withdrawn Midge shares a banana split with the friend she has finally made by virtue of being one of the famous box-finders; and little Joey, who's had trouble reading, gets his wish (""to make Mama happy"") when he learns his letters in order to read the card that came with the box. Its message? BEST WISHES. Drippy.

Pub Date: April 28th, 1978
Publisher: Dutton