The Boring Book: (childrens Book about Boredom, Funny Kids Picture Book, Early Elementary School Story Book)



A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2019

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

The Boring Book is a humorous picture book that follows the story of one particularly bored boy.

As the story progresses, our protagonist discovers there's actually more to boredom than what meets the eye--more questions, more theories, and heaps of humor.

This exploration of boredom from acclaimed author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake playfully--and hilariously--unpacks the ways in which a seemingly stagnant state is actually a portal into a dynamic, life-enriching experience.

- Embraces the topic of boredom--an ever-so-popular kid complaint--and runs with it
- The unique comic format, fast pace, smart humor, and narrative approach makes it ideal for reluctant readers
- A universally hilarious book that will amuse children ages 5 to 8, as well as adults

In addition to banishing boredom, Yoshitake's distinctive illustrations promote visual literacy and show young readers what the process of creative thinking looks like.

This smart, laugh-out-loud picture book just might change your child's perspective on the state of boredom forever.
- A wonderful gift for parents, teachers, educators, librarians, caregivers, and anyone who has to answer to the statement "I'm bored!"
- Perfect for readers of early chapter books
- Great for fans of the Fox & Chick series by Sergio Ruzzier, Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems, and I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Chronicle Books
Publish Date
August 06, 2019
8.3 X 0.5 X 10.4 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Shinsuke Yoshitake is the author-illustrator of The I Wonder Bookstore and the creator of many award-winning picture books. He lives in Japan.


"A terrific reminder for readers of all ages that boredom is always optional." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"The clean, attractive art and the clever details in this Japanese import together create a thought-provoking exercise."-- The Horn Book Magazine
"Sure to entertain self-proclaimed bored children everywhere, provide them with food for thought, and inspire a few chuckles as well." -- School Library Journal
"Alive to paradox, Yoshitake demonstrates that talking about what's boring can be a lot of fun."--Publishers Weekly