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Written by Michael Ian Black
Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

For ages: 3-8 | Sept/2012
Hardcover, 40 pages (also available in digital format)
ISBN-10: 1442414030 | ISBN-13: 9781442414037

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SYNOPSIS: "Just when a little girl thinks she couldn’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 isn’t going to let a vegetable tell her what’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 interested…"


New York Times Notable Children's Book *

* Junior Library Guild Selection *

* Publishers Weekly starred review *

Canadian Children's Book Centre Summer Reading List pick, 2013

CCBC Best Books For Teens and Kids starred selection, Spring 2013

Voted as their 2013-2014 YouDecide! pick by the first grade students at A. Blair McPherson

Winner of March Madness Kindergarten/1st Grade Award, voted on by kindergarten and first grade students

Nominated for the 2014-2015 Minnesota Star Of The North Picture Book Award


What the press is saying about I'M BORED:

"Sometimes a picture book gets it just right...Inspiring and stimulating, it's a must-see picture book, particularly if you're a teacher or librarian looking for good story-time reads." - Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews blog.

"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." - Publishers Weekly(starred review)

"...Beautifully written by Michael Ian Black and gorgeously illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi...It has the courage to go unfashionably old-school and suggest that our imagination, not our gadgets, is the only cure [for boredom]"...Both the writing and the illustrations are fearless." - The Globe & Mail


***Recent updates: November 11, 2014 - Michael Ian Black answers a 2nd-grader's question about the PotatoMy letter to the British Potato Council and their fun responseTeachers & librarians: win a free Skype visit from the illustratorCanine boredom comic from Mandy YatesAdorable I'M BORED reading from 3- and 4-year-oldsFree I'M BORED Teacher's Guide (Kindergarten through Grade 5) now available!