Think Outside the Box Blog Tour, Review, Author Interview and Giveaway

Wednesday, June 17, 2020



Written by Justine Avery
Illustrated by Liuba Syrotiuk

Publisher’s Synopsis: For the artist, the free thinker, the uniquely inventive individual in each of us, Think Outside the Box unlocks the key to applying creativity to daily life and turning any problem or worry inside out.

Designed to define out-of-the-box thinking for the youngest of us, this fun and unique illustrative journey reminds us all how simple and practical it can be to apply a new perspective to even the most daunting challenges.

Think Outside the Box is an at-home library must-have for any future idealist, instigator, activist, maverick, or mover and shaker—and every individual.

The book is available to purchase here.

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Ages 4+ | Publisher: Suteki Creative | July 14, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1948124577


This book is extremely creative and unique. The illustrations are extremely eye-catching and engaging. I liked how the way that the book was illustrated coincided with the message of the book. The message helps kids realize the importance of thinking creatively, that it's okay to think differently and to use their imagination. This is a great book to help kids learn to be okay with using their imaginations, developing STEM skills and trying something new and different. I could see this book used in a classroom or home setting.


Life Is What It's Called - What do you hope children will gain the most from this story?


Justine Avery - I wanted to write Think Outside the Box to help explain creative thinking to the youngest audience possible. With the side benefit of being a reminder for all of us, at any age, of just how simple and easy it can be to think a bit more creatively, to consider options beyond the limitations we first see in front of us. "Thinking outside the box" seems to be a solution to so many things in daily life. Whether big or small situations, I want to encourage younger minds to adapt more creative thinking as a natural habit that would help preserve their original ideas and thinking well into adulthood.


Life Is What It's Called - Is the advice in the book reflective of your childhood? And if so, how?


Justine Avery - Unfortunately, no! I may have been "creative" in relying on my imagination to invent new games to entertain my younger brother and myself, but I didn't grow confident in "out of the box" thinking until much later in life! I wish I'd been encouraged to let my imagination run wild with problem-solving or voice differences of opinion and perspective much, much earlier. 


Life Is What It's Called - Can you give an example of a time when you thought outside of the box?


Justine Avery - The most significant leap of thinking outside the box for me was in realizing, in my late 20s, that I didn't have to remain on the standard corporate career track I was on. My dream of traveling the world and writing about my experiences didn't have to wait until "later." To make the realization become a reality, I had to make many creative decisions, take many jumps away from everything I was familiar and comfortable with and imagine a new career path and meaning for the word "work." 


Life Is What It's Called - How do you think this book can be applied in different settings, i.e., home, school, community?


Justine Avery - Think Outside the Box works from the inside (of the reader) out. It first describes what original, creative, imaginative thinking is in words and images. The ideas are introduced as simply as possible to make them feel as easy as possible, as doable as possible, for anyone. That ease helps develop comfort and confidence, instilling self-confidence in individual thinking. The book's ideas are purposely general and ambiguous, showing how any situation or decision can be solved by thinking outside the box, whether you're at home, in school, etc. They're fun, brilliantly illustrated examples sure to stick in kids' minds!  


Life Is What It's Called - What age readers do you see benefiting from this the most?


Justine Avery - As early as age four, young listeners and beginning readers will understand the concepts and how they're a bit different than the standard way of thinking. Through age 12, kids will appreciate the imaginative scenarios and clever illustrations and how the concept can be applied to the situations they encounter in daily life.


Life Is What It's Called - What's the most exciting and creative thing that you've done in your life?


Justine Avery - Hands down, my most exciting event was my most creative: leaving a job and financial security and a planned future for the complete unknown. I sold everything I owned and left my home country to travel the world solo, committed to finally allowing myself to pursue my dream "job" of writing while doing my favorite pastime: traveling.


Enter for a chance to win a Think Outside the Box prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

Ten (10) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of Think Outside the Box.

Ten (10) winners receive:

  • A paperback copy of Think Outside the Box.

Giveaway begins June 15, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends July 15, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Please note that I received a free pdf of the book to review, however, this is my honest opinion. This post is in partnership with The Children's Book Review.

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