Good story. The place is now a park, I'm sure because of this book, and they've taken away any rusty cars. Some people can't leave good enough alone.
This book is one of my favorites of all time! The kids love it and I love it! As soon as we were done reading the book for the first time, my kids started planning out their own imaginary town they would make outside. :)
"Roxaboxen" was what the neighborhood kids called the vacant hill where people had discarded boxes and there were lots of small rocks and not much else. They established a pretend village there, the houses outlined with rocks, boxes for furniture, pretend stores and streets, a mayor, town hall and laws (even a jail), mock wars, etc. that they remembered even after they had grown up and moved away. Based, says the afterword, on the author's mother's memories.
A lovely picture book about pretend/play, with illustrations by Barbara Cooney.
a sweet story about fond childhood memories and their importance as you grow up