What You Need to Know:|
• I'm Bored should definitely cover some familiar territory for most families!
• This is one of those wonderful read-alouds that all ages will enjoy.
• Both the story and the illustrations are hilarious and work together to make a funny story even funnier.
What parent hasn't heard those two dreaded words: I'm bored? If there are any lucky ones out there whose children haven't uttered those words, I would like to meet them and find out what they are doing right! I obviously have heard this sentiment quite a bit from my three children, so I fully enjoyed this book, and I especially enjoyed sharing it with my brood.
Our story starts with a little girl's pronouncement that she is bored, bored, bored! When she stumbles across a droll and bossy potato, her life and perspective change drastically. Our little protagonist decides playing with a potato has got to be better than being bored, but it turns out the potato is more dissatisfied with his lot in life than she is. The potato is bored, disappointed and just wants to find a flamingo. At least flamingos are not boring. The little girl takes this as a challenge and decides to show the potato all the reasons why kids are the opposite of boring. In the midst of her defense, she realizes she is anything but bored and decides there is a lot she can do. And she certainly doesn't need a snarky potato to do any of it! In the end, the potato gets his comeuppance - hilariously.
This story is truly laugh out loud. Kids will enjoy the adventure of the story, and both children and adults will enjoy the potato's wry responses. Kids will also get some great ideas for the next time they think they are bored!
Michael Ian Black
Debbie Ridpath Ohi
2012, 40 pages
Humor, Exquisite Illustrations, Imagination
• What do you do when you are bored?
• What is your parents' response when you tell them you are bored?
• Do you think being bored, once in a while, is a fact of life or can you avoid it? Why or why not?
• Do you think it's okay to be bored once in a while? Why or why not?
• On the last page, the flamingo makes an announcement. If you could finish the story, how would you end it?
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