Pandora's Lunch Box

Don't Open!

Children - Grade 4th-6th
46 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2017
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Author Biography

Richard Clark has written eight middle grade chapter books, one of which, My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, has been on the Amazon and iBooks kids books best-seller lists for over three years with over 100,000 downloads.

Richard has worked extensively as a screenwriter and story editor, both in Toronto and Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA and AFI, his credits include writing or story-editing over 150 produced TV scripts for shows broadcast on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, BBC, Netflix, CBC, CTV and many other domestic and foreign networks. He’s also developed shows for many production companies, written four TV movies for Showtime Networks, optioned several feature screenplays in Los Angeles, and worked as a director and editor. In 2010 he was nominated for both a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, and in 2012 another WGC award.

In addition, Richard has taught screenwriting at Humber College and Sheridan College in Toronto, and he wrote Scratch & Sniff, an interactive book app for kids.

Richard lives in Toronto with his wife and their 12-year-old twins… and he’s lived to tell the tale.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen for Readers' Favorite

Pandora's Lunch Box: Don't Open! by Richard Clark is a lovely fantasy tale about a curious young girl named Pandora. Pandora wants to know everything, and is curious about everything, but she probably shouldn't have taken the school bully Randy's sandwich so that she could see what was inside it. He gets mad, and Pandora's enemy, Lexy, tells him where to find Pandora. Pandora is mad at Lexy, but then she finds a lunch box with the words 'don't open' on it. She opens it. The lunch box has genies inside. She had wished for revenge on Lexy, but she didn't think that it would actually come true. Her wish comes true, and Lexy's head shrinks. Pandora feels bad about her wish, but no matter what she says, her wishes just make it worse. Will Pandora be able to fix it?

I really enjoyed reading Pandora's Lunch Box: Don't Open! by Richard Clark. The book is an absolute page-turner, and will leave the reader wanting to know more. I was hooked by the first page. The book has many funny parts that made me laugh out loud. Pandora is a very likeable character, because she's curious and brave. The book teaches that you should always be careful of what you wish for. The occasional picture really adds to the plot, and helps to show what the genies look like. The book is well thought out, and the author clearly put a lot of time into developing the story. I liked how all the genies had different personalities, which made the story funnier. I would recommend this book to young readers.