CM . . .
. Volume XIX Number 7. . . .October 19, 2012
Michael Ian Black. Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Distributed in Canada by Simon & Schuster Canada), 2012.
32 pp., hardcover, $19.99.
Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.
Review by Inderjit Deogun.
You wanna do something?
What do you like to do?
I don't know. I like flamingos.
There are no flamingos around here.
Well, that's disappointing. I'm bored.
How can a potato be bored?
'Cause I have to hang out with a kid. Kids are boring.
What are you talking about? Kids are fun!
I'm Bored is a story about being just that, bored. But for one little girl, things take an unexpected turn when a potato drops by. Now she must prove that "there is nothing boring about being a kid."
I'm Bored, by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi, tackles the familiar topic of boredom in a creative and refreshing way – by turning the tables on the reader, not once but twice. The brilliance of this picture book is having the little girl act out all the ways that kids aren't boring because it will prompt young readers to do the same. The challenge will be for them to create an entirely different list. In addition, Ohi's illustrations aren't bogged down but are as playful as the text. She beautifully depicts the little girl's imagination by allowing it to run wild on the page. I'm Bored is a tongue-in-cheek book that should be part of every parent's arsenal in the fight against boredom.
Inderjit Deogun is a poet in Toronto, ON.
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