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Welcome to the I'M...BOOKS  blog, where I'll be posting fun updates and news about I'm Bored, I'm Sad and I'm Worried. This picture book series is written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by me (Debbie Ridpath Ohi), published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. This blog replaces my old I'm Bored blog; you can still access the archives.


Why Michael Ian Black wrote I'M WORRIED (launches from Simon & Schuster BFYR on June 4, 2019)

Quick navigation: Back to I'M...books main page - I'm Bored - I'm Sad - I'm Worried

Thanks to Matthew Winner for doing the cover reveal of I'M WORRIED earlier this week; do check out Matthew's blog post for sneak peeks inside our upcoming book, find out what it's like for me to work with Michael Ian Black, what I thought when I first read the manuscript, and more. I'M WORRIED is the newest picture book collaboration written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by me, a sequel to I'M BORED and I'M SAD that comes out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on June 4, 2018....I can't wait!

I asked Michael what inspired to write I'M WORRIED, and here's what he said:

"When I was a kid, I used to worry about all kinds of stuff. Small stuff and really big stuff. I always felt like adults tried to smooth over my worries, telling me that everything was going to be okay, which was a little bit reassuring but I also remember thinking: 'How do they know???' Now that I’m an adult, I realize they didn’t know. They had no idea if things were going to turn out okay or not. Most of the time, things turn out okay, of course, but we can never know for sure and so I wanted to write a little book that says everybody worries, and that one good way to deal with worry is to focus on the present. Right here and now, things are ok. Right here and now, you’re with people who care about you and love you. And that’s a pretty good place to be.

"One of the things I’ve rediscovered as a parent and as a kids’ author is that children are no different from adults. They have all the same questions, concerns, and emotions. The idea behind the 'I’m…' books is to let children know that whatever they’re going through is normal. Childhood is an amazing period of exploration, and I’m interested in letting kids (and potatoes and flamingos) know that they can feel however they feel at any given moment without judgment."


In this third book in the I'M book series, Potato is worried. About everything.

Because anything might happen.

When Potato tells his friends, he expects them to comfort him by saying that everything will be okay. Except they don’t. Because it might not be, and that’s okay too.

Still, there’s one thing they can promise for sure: no matter what happens…they will always be by his side.


"A quite happy and optimistic book about sadness." - Waking Brain Cells

Thanks to Waking Brain Cells (what a great name for a blog) for the kind review of I'M SAD!

"Told entirely in dialogue, this is a frank look at sadness and emotion. It explains a variety of approaches to emotions, ending with the most important one which is to not push the emotions away and that they will naturally change on their own."

"A quite happy and optimistic book about sadness. Appropriate for ages 3-5."


5/5 stars for I'M SAD in!

Thanks to YSBookReviews for the 5-star review of I'M SAD!

"This is a great book to show kids that feeling sad is not a bad thing or a wrong feeling. Everyone feel sad sometimes."


"This book belongs in every classroom and every library and in every home!" - Colby Sharp reviews I'M SAD


On Why Michael Ian Black wrote a children's book about sadness

"It might be a difficult idea to get across, in an era of social media and heightened technology. 'It’s something I had to learn, and I think it’s something my wife had to learn,' Black admits. 'I feel like a parent has [only] two jobs: Help your [kids] feel that they’re loved, and two, make them feel safe.' Also important: Giving your children the tools for self-reliance."