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By Debbie Ridpath Ohi, I'M BORED illustrator
Last week, I did a Skype visit with a class of second graders at A.Blair McPherson School in Edmonton, Alberta about I'M BORED, a picture book written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by yours truly. So much fun! I read I'M BORED to the class, talked about the process, wrote an I'M BORED song with help from the students, gave them a drawing demo.
During the Q&A, one of the students asked me a question I couldn't answer:
Q. Why does the Potato like flamingos so much?
I told the students I'd ask the author, and here's Michael Ian Black's answer:
A. Because he saw one once on an old television show about Miami and thought to himself, "One day I would love to go to sunny Miami and hang out with those crazy-looking birds." Thought that was self-explanatory.
So now you all know. :-)
If you'd like a free Skype classroom visit about I'M BORED or NAKED! from me (the illustrator), here's more info. For a free Teacher's Guide, print-ready activity sheets and other fun, please see my I'M BORED Bonus Page.
While talking about potatoes on Facebook with my friends Mary Ellen Wessels (of Hopeful Romantics) and Tim Walker (Wilderwood), I was excited to discover that there was a British Potato Council. I packaged up a signed copy of I'M BORED and sent them the following letter:
Dear Potato Council,
As a fan of potatoes, I recently enjoyed browsing your website. Although I live across the pond, it was heartening to see that potatoes are appreciated just as much in the UK as they are in Canada.
I’m the illustrator of I’M BORED, a picture book written by Michael Ian Black, about a talking Potato and a bored little girl. It was published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers and was a Junior Library Guild selection as well as a New York Times Notable Children’s Book.
I enclose a copy for your enjoyment. I do not ask for anything in return but merely wish to celebrate our shared appreciation of potatoes, no matter what the nationality.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Children’s book writer and illustrator
I just received a response back from Rob Clayton, Director of the Potato Council in the UK (!!!):
For those with text-only access:
Just a short but heart-felt note to say thanks for the book that arrived yesterday. The potato council team can be a stern lot at times so it was great to see the thirty-somethings chuckling their way around the office. Nice to know there are potato-lovers around the world.
all the best,
p.s. is there a flamingo council?"
Love this so much. :-) THANK YOU, POTATO COUNCIL!!!!
To all: You can find out more about the British Potato Council on their website at www.potato.org.uk.
Thanks to my friend Stephen Conway for sharing this video of his nieces and nephew reading I'M BORED. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.
Inspired by the mentioned of I'm Bored in the Toronto Star's Hanukkah Gift-Giving Guide, I've created this special Hanukkah-themed gift card, and have included a b&w version in case young readers want to color the image themselves.
Feel free to use this gift card with any book gift, not just I'm Bored.
Click on either image for the full PDF.
You can browse a wide range of other I'M BORED-themed gift cards, with snarky and snark-free options, in the I'M BORED gift card section of the Bonus Page.
Thanks to my friend Alice Ching-Chew for the heads-up re: Toronto Star article!