Saturday, October 20, 2012

another review

This week, I read a few reviews (here and here) of yet another children’s book that I hope to check out. It’s called I’m Bored and it’s written by one of my all-around favorite persons, Michael Ian Black. The book tells the story of a young girl who protests that she is bored, and so she picks up a potato to play with. The potato, in turn, tells her that he is bored and would rather play with a flamingo than with a kid. Annoyed, the girl walks off to go play. In comes a flamingo, who then complains to the potato that he is bored. The message here is clear: people who complain they are bored are no fun to be around, and you’re better off thinking up ways to occupy your time. Not a bad message to send in my opinion!

From what I’ve seen, the illustrations seem to perfectly pair with the story’s style. I was intrigued to learn the illustrator maintained a blog throughout the writing/drawing process. It can be found here and provides a unique, behind-the-scenes view into the publication process. The New York Times review has a suggested age range of between 3 and 8 years old.


  1. We read this at story time the other day for the 4-7 year olds and they were chuckling along and then filling in the dialogue as the story progressed. I liked the messy illustrations and how they paired with the emotions of the words and the kids seemed to like it, too!

    Didn't even realize it was by Michael Ian Black though, that makes it even better.

  2. This book looks great! I know the Urbana Free Library recently got a copy so I'll have to make a point of reading it. Seems like a clever plot to help kids realize that they can create their own fun and choose to stop boredom when it happens. I enjoyed watching the "music video" on the NYT link as well. Obviously I can't be sure of this yet, but it sounds like a great option for a read-aloud (preschool story time, perhaps). I think kids will really enjoy defending their creativity. Thanks for the info!