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. Volume XVI Number 7. . . .October 16, 2009
This text-less picture book presents the dilemma of a young boy and girl, presumably siblings, who are visiting an older relative (possibly a grandfather) without any of the usual forms of entertainment. As boredom sets in, the children start to fight and fuss with each other. When a secret passage in the relative's library is revealed, the children find "The Bored Book" and, as it unfolds, so does their adventure. They tumble into the enlarged book and encounter all sorts of fantastic and fearsome creatures and characters.
First the boy chooses a topic, and the pair are faced with very frightening situations: an angry abominable snowman, three terrifying pirates, and, in just escaping them, the duo get swallowed by a shark. The siblings argue, and the girl next chooses a castle scene, but a fire-breathing dragon reigns there. They try to find their way out of the fictional fantasy world as a giant squid catches the girl, but the boy manages to save her. Now they are united in their escape and fold up the mysterious book. Racing back to the library to show it to the old man, they are shocked to discover it has no amazing pictures, just text. He shows them various titles of the other books on the shelves, and, with smiles and arms around each other, the two children peacefully read the classic books from which their adventures were derived: Abominable Snowman, Treasure Island, Hunchback of Notre Dame, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and Sinbad: Legends of the Seven Seas.
Diana Lynn Wilkes, who has taught grades K to 7 and visual arts for grades 8-10, holds a B.Ed from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts degree in Children's Literature from the University of British Columbia. She writes and paints from her homes in Surrey, BC, and Nelson, New Zealand.
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