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The Imagination Box by Martyn Ford

Reading age: 9+

"There is a box. Anything you imagine will appear inside. You have one go, one chance to create anything you want. What would you pick?'


When ten-year-old Timothy Hart discovers he has the ability to create things using the Imagination Box, he considers it the greatest toy on Earth. Put the special imagination hat on, imagine something you want and BING! It appears inside the Imagination Box. One of Tim’s best imaginations is a posh-talking finger monkey called Phil, who becomes his sidekick. But when the top-secret contraption’s inventor, Professor Eisenstone, needs to leave and take his invention with him, Tim secretly creates a replica of the Imagination Box for himself. Things unravel when the Professor disappears, and Tim inadvertently falls asleep while using his replica Imagination Box and creates a real-life version of his nightmare. Between unravelling the mystery of what happened to the Professor, and facing his darkest fears, Tim has to discover the true potential of his own mind.


It’s a terrifically creative premise for a book that really delivers. It’s an expertly crafted story that escalates and escalates, leaving you wondering what is going to happen next. As well as makes you wonder… what you create if you had an imagination box of your own?

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