Picture Books

Don Winn's modern fables are designed to engage young minds and to open a dialog between parent and child.

“I love Cardboard Box Adventures Books because they not only teach valuable lessons, but they do so in a manner that will last throughout a lifetime."—Family Review Center

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Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy

Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy is a celebration of the power of imagination. Join Zack and his faithful robot sidekick GARG as he chases the terrible Dr. Dogbreath across the galaxy. Together they brave bad smells, squishy slime, giant ocean monsters, and motion sickness. Will Zack and GARG finally capture Dr. Dogbreath or will he escape their grasp? That will all depend on where your imagination takes you.

Review

"The author does a fantastic job of capturing a little boy’s imagination...If you are looking for a funny, fun, and entertaining book for your child’s library...pick up a copy and see for yourself what a great book this is."

—Readers' Favorite Review

Awards

2015 UK Wishing Shelf Book Award Gold

Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner

Mom’s Choice Award Silver Medal Recipient

Family Review Center Seal of Approval

Space Cop Zack, GARG's Secret Mission

The notorious General Electric has captured Space Princess Dendra! GARG the robot goes on a secret mission to rescue her, but when Mission Control loses contact with GARG, Space Cop Zack must search for him in the Windy Cavern of Doom.

Will Zack find GARG and help rescue the princess before it’s too late? Will Zack finally defeat General Electric? It all depends on your imagination.

 

 

Review

"A fantastically fun sci-fi romp...the perfect book for any reluctant boy reader."

—A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

Awards

 

Superhero: Everyone Needs a Hero

Superhero is the story of a young boy with big dreams and a mask and cape. He dreams every night that he is an amazing hero. He can conquer any villain and the whole city relies on him for help. But when he meets up with two nightmarish foes, he knows that even a superhero needs to have someone he can call on for help. This story is about how a dad can be the real hero to his son. It also helps open discussions about what makes a real hero and how everyone can be a hero to someone else.

Review

“The story; a mere 15 pages long. The lessons learned by reading this story; endless and invaluable…”

—Family Review Center

Awards

Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

2014 Family Review Center Gold Medal

2014 Family Review Center Best of the Year

2014 Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review

 

The Don M. Winn Cardboard Box Adventures
Picture Book Collection Volume 1

Four great picture books in one volume: In The Tortoise and the Hairpiece, Jake learns that true friends love him for who he is inside, not what he looks like. In The Watch Cat, an ordinary cat becomes a neighborhood hero by saving his house from a burglar. In The Incredible Martin O'Shea, Martin learns that by paying attention in school, he can make his dreams come true. In Shelby the Cat, Shelby resists bullying and peer pressure by staying true to what matters most to him.

The Don M. Winn Cardboard Box Adventures
Picture Book Collection Volume 2

Four great picture books in one volume: In Chipper the Clown, Chipper learns that in order to follow his dreams, he needs to ask for help. In Chipper and the Unicycle, after searching the world for a new act, Chipper learns the importance of perseverance. In The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon, Hank discovers that having a learning challenge can't stop him from succeeding. In Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge, Twitch finds out that his parents have good reasons for the rules they make.

The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon

The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon is about a homing pigeon named Hank who is an eager new student in flight school. He loves school until he discovers he has no sense of direction. Is this the end of his dreams? Maybe he should just quit. But a kind teacher shows him how he can compensate for his problem and still succeed. This story is about how everyone learns in different ways, and how anyone can succeed–even despite a learning problem – with the right kind of help and effort!

Review

“Hank's story lets children know that we all have challenges. The story reminds parents that while children may develop certain learning skills more slowly than others do, they are not necessarily limited for life."

—Nancy O. Nelson, PhD.

Awards

A Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

 

The Tortoise and the Hairpiece

The Tortoise and the Hairpiece is the story of a lonely young tortoise named Jake who is embarrassed by his bald head. Even though other animals invite him to play, he keeps to himself, positive that nobody will really want to be his friend because he looks different. When he tries to look like everyone else, it doesn't quite work the way he planned, but he learns that no one needs to try to be someone else or look like someone else just to make friends.

Review

“The Tortoise and the Hairpiece is just the ticket for young children who are just exploring their own identities and discovering differences."

—Midwest Book Review

 

Awards

A Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

 

Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge

Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge is a story about a bold, confident squirrel named Twitch who is something of a daredevil...and he doesn't mind when his friends cheer him on! When his parents forbid him to cross an old broken rope bridge across a deep, dark ravine, he doesn't understand why. He can do anything! And there's a tree full of nuts just across the bridge! In this story, Twitch learns the importance of respecting his parents' rules.

Review

“A colorful illustrated teaching story about the importance of respecting parents' rules told in jaunty, narrative verse, which helps drive further its appealing and exciting moral to a young childhood audience.”

—Midwest Book Review

Awards

A Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

 

Shelby the Cat

Shelby the cat is kind and caring. He loves to read and tell stories. He's friends with mice and birds and bugs. This makes the alley cats angry and jealous because Shelby makes them look bad. When they try to force Shelby to be like them, he refuses. Shelby knows who he is and what he wants to be and doesn't let anyone pressure him to be different. This story is about resisting negative peer pressure and can help to start discussions about how to handle the problem of bullying.

Review

“A story of courage and strength. Shelby doesn't give in to peer pressure. Best of all, his good deeds come back to him in the form of friends' support, a wonderful reward for living a life that is generous to others.”

—Nancy O. Nelson, PhD.

Awards

A Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

 

The Incredible Martin O'Shea

The Incredible Martin O'Shea is the story of a first-grader with a great imagination. He finds his daydreams so interesting that he doesn't pay attention in school. His grades fall, and his parents are not happy about it. Then a visitor to his class says something that changes his life. Martin learns that education can help him make his dreams reality, and that imagination plus learning can lead to real life adventures.

Review

“A wonderful story that will help children learn the necessity of imagination and education. At the back of the story was a list of six great questions that will help parents and children interact and further understanding how learning can be a wonderful partner to dreaming.”

—The IE Mommy “Christine”

Awards

A Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

 

The Watch Cat

The Watch Cat tells the tale of an ordinary house cat that stops a robbery and becomes a neighborhood hero, permanently changing the way the neighbors think of cats. Watch Cat is a typical cat. He does what cats do best. And somehow, he manages to be a better watch cat than all the watchdogs in the neighborhood simply by being himself. This story is about appreciating the differences between dogs and cats and understanding that anybody can be a hero.

Review

"A fun, lyrical book written in prose that is easy to read, easy to follow, and fun for the kids to read or listen to as it is read to them. At the end of each book is a list of questions that parents can discuss with their children. As a home school parent, I believe these are great assets.”

—The IE Mommy “Christine”

Awards

A Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

 

Chipper the Clown

Chipper only wants to make people laugh. So he packs up his things and joins the circus as a clown. Then he is embarrassed when he finds out he isn't good at it. Nobody thinks he's funny. Who ever heard of a clown in a pinstriped suit? So what will Chipper do? He turns to the older, more experienced clowns for some good advice. This story is about the benefits of asking the right people for help and not giving up when following a dream.

Review

"A wonderful story to share with children to remind them that their dreams are valid and they should be followed...but sometimes we may have to work a wee bit harder than we expected.”

—The IE Mommy “Christine”

Awards

A Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

 

Chipper and the Unicycle

In this sequel to Chipper the Clown, Chipper travels the world in search of a new act to keep the crowds entertained...a unicycle seems like just the thing! How hard could it be since he already can ride a bicycle? After only one day of trying, Chipper takes the unicycle back to the store in frustration. He learns that you have to work long and hard to make something look easy. In the end, Chipper understands that some pursuits take time and effort to master, and he learns the importance of perseverance.

Review

“This rhythmic story teaches children the benefits of trying hard and practicing to reach a goal or learn a new hobby. In today's society, this is an important lesson to learn in a FUN story!”

—Cecilie Mann Engle

Awards

A Mom’s Choice Award Recipient

 

All books are available in soft cover, hard cover, and eBook formats.

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Up to 40% bulk discounts available directly from publisher.

For picture book bulk discounts, contact Don Winn.