A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2019
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
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
Japanese author and illustrator Yoshitake (Still Stuck) zeroes in on a ubiquitous childhood experience and probes it with dry wit. The creator's human figures draw smiles from the get-go as a boy sprawls on the couch, dead bored: "My toys are boring. There's nothing to watch on TV." His mind wanders: "Why am I bored? What does boring' mean, anyway?" In vignettes and multistage spreads, the boy considers the many permutations of ennui. "I wonder what the world's most boring amusement part is like," the boy says, as Yoshitake shows children in an advanced state of stupor shuffling through a park ("The Ferris wheel is low. The roller coaster is slow. Most of the rides are closed for repairs"). Is everything either fun or boring, or is there something in between, "like when I'm peeling a hard-boiled egg"? Just don't ask the adults about being bored. Their replies are... dull. The uncredited translation conveys the book's humor, though the warm, handwritten text of the original is swapped out for chilly printed type. Alive to paradox, Yoshitake demonstrates that talking about what's boring can be a lot of fun. Ages 4 8.