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Michael Ian Black answers a second-grader's question about the Potato

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.

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