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I'm Bored Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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"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)
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a clever and engaging book by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi. For any adult who has ever suffered through the declarations of "I'm bored! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Paula B
My 6 year old seemed to enjoy the book but she finished it in less than 10 minutes. Not really worth the 5 bucks spent.Published 17 days ago by Anant
My daughter always used to say that she was bored. So I got this book and no when she says she is bored I tell her to "go play with a potatoe"Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
"I'm Bored" written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi is a cute little story that I think young readers will enjoy. It will make them laugh. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rosie Russell, Author and Illustrator
It's an awesome book to read (especially when YOU'RE bored!) My daughter read it at her school. I like it too! it is a good thing to read if you are learning to be a good potato! Read morePublished 5 months ago by shadeelane
This is a delightful book, with charming illustrations. The girl in the story starts out bored, until she is challenged (by a potato, because why not? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jennifer M. Distad