Bigger Than A Bread Box Laurel Snyder Review

Be careful what you wish for definitely holds true for Rebecca, main character of Bigger Than A Bread Box by Laurel Snyder. Rebecca is uprooted from her Baltimore townhouse by her mother who decides to separate from her dad and live in Atlanta with Grandma. Rebecca doesn’t have an easy go of it as a new kid until she finds a magical bread box in the attic.

Bigger Than A Bread Box, Laurel Snyder, Book Cover

Bigger Than A Bread Box

When Rebecca wishes on the bread box items come out of it to fulfill her wish. This is totes awesome at first, but then when Rebecca wishes for items bigger than a bread box it totally backfires on her. Go figure, right.

I’m not from a broken home, so I can’t speak to my experience, but I know enough people who aren’t and am in love with someone who is to be able to empathize. I think that Laurel Snyder captures the feelings of isolation, self-blame and resentment that a child has when their parents split in Bigger Than A Bread Box. I love that Laurel Snyder takes a real life issue and blends it with fantasy so kids can connect, yet have some escapism while they are at it, because really, who wouldn’t want a magical item that grants wishes? That would be SO awesome.

Bigger Than A Bread Box by Laurel Snyder is a quick and compelling read. I remember turning the pages super fast because I wanted to see what the deal was with the bread box and was waiting for the other shoe to drop. The chapters are wicked short, so those of you who say JUST ONE MORE CHAPTER will one more chapter yourself until you read Bigger Than A Bread Box in a single setting, like I did. Bigger Than A Bread Box by Laurel Snyder is definitely an awesome read to give to a kid who is going through something similar to Rebecca – bibliotherapy, yo!

Disclosure: I borrowed this from my local library  — the coolest place in da hood.

This is a CYBILS book — and while not shortlisted, was very good.

Other reviews of Bigger Than A Bread Box by Laurel Snyder:

A Patchwork Of Books
100 Scope Notes
Story Snoops

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Jac @ for love and books says

    This sounds like the perfect book to get kids hooked on reading, it really sounds perfect for my niece (who is from a broken home) she’s twelve, do you think this would be age appropriate for her?

    Jac @ For Love and Books

  2. Ooh, I’m going to have to check this out. It sounds like a perfect book to rec. to my fellow teachers for a read aloud. Love that the magic works only for things that are bread-box sized or smaller.

  3. I need to check my library for this one… I think it sounds awesome!

  4. That is an adorable cover. All bread boxes are magical, for real.. we used to have one in our old house, it was part of the cabinetry. Our bread stayed fresh for so long. Who would have thought, stuffing some bread in a box would keep it fresh. <—– magic.

    I aslo can empathize with those from a broken home. My parents are still together, but my home was broken in a whole different way, so the self-blame, resentment,.. I have been there, still am some days. I think it's great that there are books out there for kids/teens that talk about this kind of stuff. I wish I had some of these books when I was younger.

    This sounds just as cute as the cover looks, so I'll definitely be adding it to my list. 🙂

  5. The cover is so cool. I think MG books have some of the coolest covers out there.

  6. I really like the cover and the premise is awesome! I love the idea of a bread box that grants wishes. I think that this book sounds great for kids going through their parents separation or divorce. When I was younger and my parents were divorcing, there weren’t that many children’s or YA titles that dealt with the subject.

    I am definitely going to be looking for this title.

  7. While I too don’t come from a broken home, its nice to see that the author was able to blend it so well into the book. Definitely enjoyed your review of Bigger Than a Bread Box and will have to see if I can find a copy of it.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. =)


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