Synopses & Reviews
andlt;b andgt;There is NOTHING boring about being a kid, but one little girl is going to have to prove it in this anything-but-boring picture book from comedian Michael Ian Black.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Just when a little girl thinks she couldnand#8217;t possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring. But this girl isnand#8217;t going to let a vegetable tell her whatand#8217;s what, so she sets out to show the unimpressed potato all the amazing things kids can do. Too bad the potato is anything but interestedand#8230;.andlt;BRandgt;This tongue-in-cheek twist on a familiar topic is sure to entertain anyone whoand#8217;s ever been boredand#8212;or had to hear about someone else being boredand#8212;and is filled with comedian Michael Ian Blackand#8217;s trademark dry wit, accompanied by charismatic illustrations from newcomer Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
"It looks to be the ultimate ennui smackdown: a bored-out-of-her-gourd kid vs. an equally jaded potato. Then the potato accuses the girl of being the source of its boredom. 'What are you talking about?' demands the feisty pigtailed human. 'Kids are fun!' 'Prove it,' says the potato. And almost as fast as you can say 'reverse psychology,' the girl shows that she is in fact a wellspring of fun: playing games, doing 'ninja kicks' and other acrobatics, turning ordinary objects into fantastic props (an overturned laundry basket becomes a snow-capped mountain in her imagination), and engaging in pretend play that encompasses everything from being a ballerina to... a potato. 'Boring,' responds the potato each time, before the girl storms off. But not to worry: what goes around comes around. 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. Ages 3 8. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator's agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Confusion abounds when aand#160;poorly spoken donkeyand#160;says to aand#160;grammarian yam,and#160;"I Yam a Donkey!"
Even frustrated grammarians will giggle at the whoandrsquo;s-on-first routine that begins with a donkeyandrsquo;s excited announcement, andldquo;I yam a donkey!andrdquo; Unfortunately the donkeyandrsquo;s audience happens to be a yam, and one who is particular about sloppy pronunciation and poor grammar. An escalating series of misunderstandings leaves the yam furious and the clueless donkey bewildered by the yamandrsquo;s growing (and amusing) frustration. The yam finally gets his point across, but regrettably, heandrsquo;s made the situation a little bit too clear . . . and the story ends with a dark and outrageously funny twist.
A humorous picture book about a first grader who makes a mistake so hugely humiliating (and hilarious) that he can't possibly go back to elementary school.
The first grade narrator of this book has been lots of things: Hungry. Four years old. Crazy bored. Soaking wet. Pretty regular kid . . . until he makes a mistake so big that heandrsquo;s sure he will never be able to go back to Lakeview Elementary School. All readers, even those not in first grade, will find the narratorandrsquo;s feelings familiar, and discover that even though embarrassing things happen, theyandrsquo;re usually not as bad as they seem. And sometimes theyandrsquo;re even funny!
About the Author
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who has created and starred in many television series, including andlt;iandgt;Michael and Michael Have Issuesandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Stellaandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The State. andlt;/iandgt;He also starred in the NBC television show andlt;iandgt;Ed andlt;/iandgt;and on VH1andrsquo;s andlt;iandgt;I Love The... andlt;/iandgt;series. He wrote the screenplay for the film andlt;iandgt;Run, Fatboy, Run andlt;/iandgt;and wrote and directed the film andlt;iandgt;Wedding Daze. andlt;/iandgt;Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book andlt;iandgt;My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face) andlt;/iandgt;and the childrenandrsquo;s books andlt;iandgt;Chicken Cheeksandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; The Purple Kangarooandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Ideaandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Iandrsquo;m Boredandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Naked!andlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bopandlt;/iandgt;. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. andlt;iandgt;Where Are My Books?andlt;/iandgt;, the first book that Debbie has written as well as illustrated, launches in 2015 from Simon andamp; Schuster Books For Young Readers. Her illustrations also appear in picture books andlt;iandgt;Sea-Monkey and Bobandlt;/iandgt; (written by Aaron Reynolds, 2015), andlt;iandgt;Iand#8217;m Bored andlt;/iandgt;(andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; Notable Book, written by Michael Ian Black) and andlt;iandgt;Naked!andlt;/iandgt; (also written by Michael Ian Black, 2015), as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles reissued by Atheneum/Simon andamp; Schuster. For more info, visit DebbieOhi.com or @inkyelbows on Twitter.