I've said before on KBR that I take books touted as 'funny' with a grain of salt. I mean, most are funny - but only harrumph funny. When something openly promises humour, I must admit I want bwah-ha funny.
I'm Bored is bwah-ha funny. Well, it is to me, anyway.
Totally judging a book by its cover, I was sucked into this picture book by the striking cover art by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Debbie was the founder and editor-in-chief of one of the first online communities for writers, Inkspot. She is also the author of The Writer's Online Marketplace (Writer's Digest Books, 2001) and is a very clever creator of fantastic illustration.
Being one for retro-inspired illustrations and typesetting, I couldn't resist buying I'm Bored sight unseen, and the interior is just as special as I knew it would be.
Our little heroine is bored. Bored bored bored bored bored. When she comes across a talking potato, it assures her that no one could be more bored than he. In fact, he thinks kids are the most boring of all bored-inducing things.
Author Michael Ian Black has create a galloping, consistently harrumphing storyline with a truly bwah-ha ending that will delight kids both big and little. I simply adore the dry humour and creativity of this book, making it the Entire Picture Book Package.
Also available in French.
Pay a visit to Debbie Ohi's website and see how I'm Bored was created. Click on the icon below.
(I'm Bored, Simon & Schuster, $19.99, 19781442414037)