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I'm Bored Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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When a wispy-haired girl, bored out of her mind, comes across a potato, she finds he is bored, too. She would be happy to hang out with him, but the potato thinks “kids are boring.” The little girl attempts to prove him wrong by showing him all the fun things kids can do, like “spin around in circles until we get so dizzy we almost throw up” or pretend to be a famous ballerina or a lion tamer. But our spud is not impressed. Even when the girl hilariously throws on a potato costume, he remains steadfastly ho-hum. Ohi’s digitally created girl is a real charmer as she skips and twirls across the pages; the fantasy elements, rendered in pale blue and set on a crisp white background, nicely contrast the two full-colored characters, and the potato humorously pops up in the fantasies from time to time—for example, as a monkey’s coconut or as the head on a snowman. This is a super silly story. But, hey, at least it’s not boring. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ann Kelley

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* "Black (A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea) keeps this simple concept funny all the way through its final, LOL zinger. Debut illustrator Ohi’s minimalist, scraggly digital drawings are anything but boring, and speak volumes about irritation, desperation, and disdain."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Genuinely funny moments.... [The girl] demonstrates cartwheels, ninja kicks and imagination games—lion taming; dragons and swords; forcing the potato to walk a pirate-ship plank—all of which Ohi sketches in pale blue."--Kirkus Reviews

"Ohi’s captivating, digitally created illustrations are full of wit and charm.... Quirky and fun to read aloud, this book is a sure antidote for cases of ennui." (School Library Journal)

A Notable Children's Book Of 2012 (The New York Times Sunday Book Review)

"[Michael Ian] Black, a comedian, has become a fine children's book storyteller.... Readers will not be bored." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Beautifully written by Michael Ian Black and gorgeously illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi... It has the courage to go unfashionably old-school and suggest that our imagination, not our gadgets, is the only cure [for boredom].... Both the writing and the illustrations are fearless." (The Globe & Mail)

"Fans of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series will delight in the latest book by American comedian Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Toronto graphic artist Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Echoing Willems, Black’s story is constructed around the dialogue of an unlikely couple, in this case a small girl and a potato. The text is perfectly complemented by Ohi’s quirky minimalist drawings." (Quill & Quire)

"Sometimes a picture book gets it just right. And by 'it,' I mean clever concept, smart execution and all-around child-friendly vibe. It’s rare for one of those picture books to have been written by a so-called celebrity author—someone who made a name for him or herself in Hollywood and then decided to write children’s books—but Michael Ian Black has proven to be the exception to the rule." (Julie Danielson Kirkus Reviews blog)

"Black...tells his story in sprightly fashion. The illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi convincingly draws a child full of life, a potato full of — well, potatotude, and computer drawings that look just like good old-fashioned linocuts. Her smart cartoony artwork matches Black’s perfect comic timing, making for a fun ride that should leave you amused, perhaps pensive, and no longer bored." (The New York Times Sunday Book Review)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442414030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442414037
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
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I will fully admit to not being the biggest fan of Mr Black's children's books. I love this comedy but the others fell flat for me thus far. This one, however, is adorable.

In january of this year, I banned "bored" from our home. Saying the word as a description of your current state of mind cost $.25 in the glass jar on the counter. Thus far, we have about $10 in there. My children are 5 and 9 and too old to not be able to entertain themselves.

When this book came out, I was elated! What a great way to explain the unnecessary use of "bored" if you are a child, with little responsibility and all the time in the world. This book is about a girl who meets a potato (yes, a potato) that says all things kids like are boring. After an exhausted list of fun things kids can do, the potato only has one thing on its mind with the definition 'fun'.

The drawing are sweet, the colors aren't too flashy, won't give you a headache and is lovely, simple and thoughtful. Parents will enjoy this book for its wit and children will love the silliness. A perfect combination!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MommaMia VINE VOICE on September 27, 2012
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I received this book in the mail 2 days ago, and between me, my husband and my babysitter, we've read it at least 16 times! My daughter adores this book, it's silly, and very fun to read outloud. She took it to school and eagerly shared it with friends and her teacher as well. It's creative, imaginative and the illustrations are adorable and really add to the fun of this book. She's NEVER taken to a book quite like this one, and I'm more than thrilled to have added this to her book collection. I would recommend for any children, even toddlers would appreciate this cute, quirkly story. This is FIVE STAR FUN!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on September 4, 2012
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I got a chance to steal a sneak peek at this one before it released and am so glad I did! So cute and funny and I just loved the illustrations. I'm not a big reader of picture books, but this one had me turning the pages right until the end. Very sweet and funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Book Reviews on March 2, 2013
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This book is a must read for all children! I enjoyed the illustrations and thought they added to the story and really made it more enjoyable. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I loved how it showed just how fun being bored can be! When the main character is talking to the potato you cannot help but smile! Please have your child read this book or at least read it to them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on November 1, 2012
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When young girl who is bored tries to explain to a potato why being a kid is fun, she can't help but start to have a good time. She realizes that being a kid is a whole lot of fun, especially more fun than being a potato, or even a flamingo. Children ages 3-6 will like this sassy girl and her sense of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dapoppins on July 15, 2014
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Published in 2012 this is not the only children's picture book of this title or this subject. It's as common as diapers on a toddler. "I'm bored!" is that heavily sighed announcement which every child has said and every parent has endured. My usual answer is to just give them something useful to do.

I haven't read all of the other books of similar subject or title, so I'm at a loss to compare. But I'm sure this little gem by Michael Ian Black has something the other books lack.

A Potato.

What is more boring, uninteresting, and dull than a russet potato? It's not even baked. A little girl is all alone with nothing to do, until she meets the potato and invites him to play. He is unimpressed with all her ideas. As she tries to thrill the potato, he grows more and more unintersted.

Digitally rendered the simple illustrations are on a white page with no background, each picture has the feeling of a handmade linocut. It's not a masterpiece of art, but it's friendly and very expressive. Half of the reading in the book is in the little girl's and the potato's facial expressions.

There is not actually a lot of reading in the book. It's short. It feels short. There are only a few sentences on most pages and some pages only have one word. It's not that this writing is unsuited for the story, because it's not only appropriate but it's kind of cute. It is simply that the entire style is meant for no more than four minutes of quiet time and not much else. This is a one joke book, not a bedtime story.

I would check it out from the library. I would read it to preschoolers and kindergartners. It might even be great to couple with an activity of making a list of things to for when we are bored. But "I'm Bored," is not a bedtime story and I wouldn't buy it for my shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.A.L. VINE VOICE on November 15, 2012
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Sometimes it can be difficult to find a book that is as entertaining to an adult as it is to a child. Since my daughter is very young, I can often get away with reading things that are more for my entertainment, but I prefer to find things that amuse us both.

Anyone who has spent any amount of time around children has heard, "I'm bored," at least once, and likely far more than that. This book follows a little girl as she discovers that her talents and imagination can keep her busy even when she thinks there is nothing to do. She starts off bored, but then encounters a potato (yes, a potato) who is even more bored than she. As she explains the things they can do to the potato, she starts to realize that maybe she really wasn't as bored as she thought.

I enjoyed the story and thought it was a great way to challenge a child to come up with their own entertainment rather than trying to rely upon others to entertain them. My daughter loved the pictures and the story was short enough to keep the attention of my little toddler. It's one of the rare books I don't mind reading over and over, and as any parent knows, that is the mark of a truly wonderful children's book.
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