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UNBORED Games: Serious Fun for Everyone Flexibound – October 14, 2014
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“An old-fashioned child's activity book for a modern Gen-X parented family.” ―The New York Times on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
“If you can't find an exciting activity to do in this book, there might be something wrong with you.” ―Sports Illustrated Kids on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
“Encourage[s] kids to use their technical skills as well as their natural curiosity to be creative, try new things, figure out how things and systems work, and just maybe change the world in the process.” ―Parents & Kids Magazine on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
“This book busts boredom . . . You may never hear those dreaded words again.” ―Family Fun on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
“This year's hottest activity book for kids.” ―Publishers Weekly on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
“Exactly the book parents need during a weeklong school break that feels like a month.” ―New York Magazine (Approval Matrix) on UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
About the Author
Joshua Glenn is editor of the website HiLobrow, and coauthor and coeditor of several books. In 2011, he produced Ker-Punch!, a brainteaser iPhone app for kids. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. He is the co-author of Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
Elizabeth Foy Larsen is a writer and editor whose stories on children and families have appeared in numerous national publications, including theNew York Times, Slate, and Parents. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, daughter, and two sons. She is the co-author of Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
Designed by Tony Leone. Illustrated by Heather Kasunick and Mister Reusch.
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Games are a universal around the world. And as much as I can talk about how they teach language, problem solving, strategic thinking, recovering from failure while still having fun, and negotiation—among other skills, what is most salient is that games are “serious fun.” They can be competitive, imaginative—taking players into different worlds and using all sorts of mediums—boards, phones, computers, rocks, hands, the mind and language—you name it. You might even say games are part of the human condition!
A few years ago, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun challenged the notion of the conventional activity book with activities such as farting and playing with matches along with making a cigar box guitar. I know kids that carried this book around the way I carried around the Bertha Morris Parker Encyclopedia of Natural History in the 1950’s. Well, now the authors have written a sequel, Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone, and as soon as I heard about it, I was out buying my own copy and several more for friends and family.
Unbored Games revives the universal drive to compete, to problem solve and strategize, to create imaginary worlds, and to hone unique skills. The authors codify many of the childhood games of those of us who grew up before television, computers, and smart phones—games like jump rope, paper football and coin hockey, classic clapping games, rock/paper/scissors, and the bean bag toss. But it goes further than capturing classic games by including online and offline games and new rules for a new era of game playing. Like the Unbored Field Guide, this book is original and engaging. And like the original book, the illustrations bring the games to life, while still challenging young game players to read and think for themselves.
The best part for me as a grandmother is that Unbored Games, through the medium of FUN, will teach a new generation skills that they need but often cannot get in schools today, with the emphasis on performance on tests of knowledge. I’m talking about learning to problem solve individually and with others, to self-regulate one’s behavior in a highly motivating setting, to think about fairness and the reasons for rules, and to work together on shared goals. Sounds rather academic, doesn’t it, but there’s nothing dry about Unbored Games. If you don’t buy it for yourself, it’ll make a great gift for those you love! I heartily endorse it.