Friday, January 3, 2020

Bedtime Story: The Boring Book by Shinsuke Yoshitake

Read for: Children's Book Challenge 2019

Synopsis: "The Boring Book is a humorous picture book that follows the story of one particularly bored boy.

As the story progresses, our protagonist discovers there's actually more to boredom than what meets the eye—more questions, more theories, and heaps of humor.

This exploration of boredom from acclaimed author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake playfully—and hilariously—unpacks the ways in which a seemingly stagnant state is actually a portal into a dynamic, life-enriching experience.

• Embraces the topic of boredom—an ever-so-popular kid complaint—and runs with it
• The unique comic format, fast pace, smart humor, and narrative approach makes it ideal for reluctant readers
• A universally hilarious book that will amuse children ages 5 to 8, as well as adults

In addition to banishing boredom, Yoshitake's distinctive illustrations promote visual literacy and show young readers what the process of creative thinking looks like.

This smart, laugh-out-loud picture book just might change your child's perspective on the state of boredom forever.
• A wonderful gift for parents, teachers, educators, librarians, caregivers, and anyone who has to answer to the statement "I'm bored!"
• Perfect for readers of early chapter books
• Great for fans of the Fox & Chick series by Sergio Ruzzier, Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems, and I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black."

My Review I don't know about anyone else, but my kid has hit this point in the holiday vacation, not even all his new toys, books or games can keep him entertained. I picked up this book thinking it would be a great way for him to think about why he is bored and how to stop being bored on his own. It wasn't quiet what I expected but it did spark some conversations about what he thinks is boring and why it is boring but didn't quite get into how to go about not being bored. It is a cute book with cute illustrations but not quite what I was looking for and honestly didn't lead to any less boredom in my house.

My Rating: The synopsis of this book really promises a lot and it didn't quite deliver. It is a great book for beginning the process of thinking about boredom and what makes kids bored but it doesn't really offer any solutions or ideas.  It also is set up like a picture book but is far beyond that target audience's comprehension.  Sadly, I give it a rating of Two Paws.

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

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