- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Sept. 4 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442414030
- ISBN-13: 978-1442414037
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I'm Bored Hardcover – Sep 4 2012
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* "Black (A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea) keeps this simple concept funny all the way through its final, LOL zinger. Debut illustrator Ohi’s minimalist, scraggly digital drawings are anything but boring, and speak volumes about irritation, desperation, and disdain."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"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)
About the Author
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who currently appears on Another Period, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He created and starred in many television series, including Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, and The State. He wrote the screenplay for the film Run, Fatboy, Run and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face), the memoir You’re Not Doing It Right, and the children’s books Chicken Cheeks, The Purple Kangaroo, A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea, I’m Bored, Naked!, and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
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She fans her imagination and comes up with out-of-the-box scenarios like: being a famous ballet dancer, making a cardboard box turn into a pirate ship, creating a toilet paper veil that flows on a cone-shaped construction-paper hat, and turns the tube inside of the paper towels into a sabre to fend off scary dragons, just to name a few. The sky is the limit whens she sets her imagination free to play and explore its capabilities and possibilities.
The illustrations are playfully drawn with simple lines and are a huge part of the humour in the book. The potato's response to the little girl's antics repeatedly are .... boring. The fun twist at the end of the book will bring a smile to your face as just desserts are served up. Divine retribution at its best.
With simple text and dynamic, kid-friendly pictures this book is one that both young and old will enjoy reading aloud immensely. It is a book your child will NOT get bored of and be asking for again and again. I highly recommend it.
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