October 15, 2012
I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Simply put, the narrator of Black’s tale is . . . bored. This isn’t your average ho hum bored either, this is the overwhelming kind that makes you tired and super, duper cranky. Especially when the most exciting thing you can find is a potato.
But then Black adds insult to injury. Not only does the potato thump the narrator on the head, it tells her just what is wrong. The potato, apparently, is bored.
The narrator then launches into a long list of the many fun and exciting things that they could be doing. No matter, the potato is still bored. If only there was a flamingo. The potato, it seems, likes flamingos very much.
I’m not going to spoil the twist ending but it’s the sort of thing that will have your young reader howling or rolling his eyes.
The bold black lines of Ohi’s illustrations compliment the simple straight forward nature of this story. Light blue background compliment the vivid bold colors of the narrator’s imagination.
Adults will get the narrator’s frustration as she tries to amuse the surly potato. Young readers will understand both the joys of wild imaginings and the annoyance of trying to amuse a playmate who simply refuses to get with the program.
A fun, fast read, perfect for story time and a lead in for imaginative play.