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I’M BORED! by Christine Schneider


by Christine Schneider & illustrated by Hervé Pinel

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: April 17th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-65760-6
Publisher: Clarion

Shocked to find out that his teddy bear and other toys are as bored as he is, young Charlie springs into action, outfitting them all with kitchen cookware and other found items and marshalling them into a boredom-fighting army. Pinel’s button-eyed, fox-headed human family comes off as strange-looking, but he artfully gives visual expression to Charlie’s rising level of involvement by adding color to the black-and-white scenes, item by item—and Charlie’s artful use of books, balls (for eyes) and socks to convert his desk into a Monster Who Eats Boredom is priceless by itself. Ultimately, Charlie makes such a ruckus that the rest of his family is drawn in, though they end up playing a less melodramatic board game. Like Polly Dunbar’s Flyaway Katie (2004) or Mini Grey’s Traction Man Is Here! (2005), this is a thoroughly boredom-banishing tribute to the animating power of imagination. (Picture book. 6-8)