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Bored, Nothing to Do Paperback – April 1, 1987

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; 1978 Softcover 8 x 10 inches. Doubleday Zephyr Books edition (April 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385241046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385241045
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 10.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Sahu on May 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I wish they would re-issue this book. I'd buy a copy for every family with kids I know - so the parents could read it and maybe pick up on the message: BOREDOM IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION. When I was young, all our best ideas and creations came after extended periods of boredom. We suffered while we were bored, yes, but then we thought of some "really great idea!!" or other. Planning, building, and organizing that great idea into reality, even if we sometimes failed, was much more fun (and educational) than TV, videogames, or even a trip to Disneyland. How many kids nowadays even get the chance to be bored? There's always a screen close by, or a parent or teacher to give them something to do. And yet, they don't seem very happy. Okay, I've ranted enough - the book says it a lot better than I can.
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A truly one-of-a-kind book about two resourceful brothers and the adventure they embark on. I read this book time and time again as a child, and even though there are probably not more than 100 words, it truly speaks volumes. The pictures are incredibly detailed, the story engaging, and any five-year-old will find himself instantly enthralled. Recommended for kids from 3 to 93.
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I absolutely love this book -- what an incredible illustrator Peter Spier is! But that isn't all: the story is fun and really interesting for kids of all ages. As with all books by Peter Spier -- watch out you will get hooked with his style and you have to get them all!
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A Kid's Review on December 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Bored-Nothing To Do is a fun-filled book. It tells of to very bored boys who can't find anything to until one of them decides that they should build an airplane. They take a bunch of their parents important things and build a high flying airplane and fly all across town. But when their parents notice that their windows, car engine, sheets and many other things have gone missing, they decide to go find their kids. That's when see them flying in the sky (...) This is one of my favorite books and I think that you will like it to. Many people only dream doing what these boys do which is one reason why this book gets five stars from me. Bored-Nothing To Do is a very fun adventure to read about.
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This book was clearly my favorite as a child. Ever since then, I have been enthralled with airplanes, and I have always tried to see what I am capable of doing, just like the brothers in this book. 17 years since my first reading, I am now graduating with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Coincidence?... I think not.
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This is a great book. And it seems by the pricing, that it is still in demand.

It is a fun book for a parent to read to the kids. Or the kids to read and re-read (my kids did).

It promotes creativity and creative thinking. Although the children should have asked their parents BEFORE doing what they do.

Anyway, if you can find it at a library, read it there first to make sure you like it. Then search Amazon for sellers.
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This book was a family favorite read-aloud when my boys were growing up. The preposterous proposition that bored boys can actually build and fly an airplane by using items around their family homestead is one for which you are willing to suspend your disbelief because you so enjoy Peter Spier creative tale. The ending is most delightful. My sons all wanted a copy of the book as adults to read to their children.
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After more than 30 years, I still remember this book clearly and refer to it in conversation from time to time. In fact, I refer to it in a book I am currently writing about a city girl who is stuck in a very rural town and is "bored with nothing to do." Just as the kids in Spier's story don't stay bored for long, neither does she. "Bored -- Nothing to do!" really struck a chord and is a timeless story that deserves to be in every library and any home that has small children. I am sorry to find it is not so readily available.
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