Book of the Week: I’m Bored

Book of the Week, Children's

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Published: 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

This book didn’t bore me … not at all.

I love how the simplicity of this book speaks volumes.

The little girl, the main character of the book, remains nameless throughout. I think this will make it easier for readers to identify and sympathize with her.

We’ve all been bored at some point in our lives.

Is it true: if you’re bored than you’re boring? I don’t think so, personally.

I love the potato.

The potato is bored too … obviously.

What is the girl supposed to do with a potato?

potatoes by nature are boring. All they do is sit there and roll around.

The potato thinks kids are boring. And it’s up to the little girl to prove that maybe other kids are boring, but she is not.

She can turn cartwheels, spin herself into a dizzy oblivion, do ninja kicks, and imagine wild adventures.

I love how this book clearly illustrates the importance of using your imagination.

Children will adore this book! And will see a little of themselves, in the little girl and the potato.

With your imagination hard at work you can be: a famous ballerina, a lion tamer of the most ferocious lion, a dragon taming princess, and best of all a green monster with sharp teeth waiting to gobble up the town.

Kids can also be potatoes.

The only thing the potato likes are flamingos.

Even when the little girl is dressed like a potato, the potato STILL thinks she’s boring.

Flamingo’s finally show up. And guess what?! They’re bored!

Kids are better than potatoes, they aren’t flat.

I love th expressions on all the character’s faces – they are so … deadpan.

This book was as funny as I expected it to be.

This book was short, sweet, and to the point.

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