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I'm Bored

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,534 ratings  ·  272 reviews
There is NOTHING boring about being a kid, but one little girl is going to have to prove it in this anything-but-boring picture book from comedian Michael Ian Black.

Just when a little girl thinks she couldn’t possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring. But this girl isn’t going to...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 2012
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okay, this book is adorable.

and it was pretty awesome of ariel to give this to me on her birthday, all because i saw it in a bookstore window one time and knew i needed to read it, and she delivered.

the drawings in this book are so freaking cute. so. cute. the book tells the tale of a girl who is bored bored bored, and when she is bored, she gets LOUD ABOUT BEING BORED. which is maybe something i do. maybe.

but instead of having a greg to try to cheer her up and distract her out of her LOUDLY E...more
I had to add this to my favorites, my 5 yr old son and I enjoyed it so much! Reserved it at the library after reading a review here on Goodreads. So glad I did! It's about a little girl who's bored but then meets a potato who is bored as well. When she asks it why it's bored, he says it's because he has to hang out with her, a kid, which is boring. She then proceeds to list all the reasons why kids aren't boring. (You can see where this is going) You think I would have seen the end coming but I...more
I somehow didn’t realize that Michael Ian Black wrote children’s books, but I am totally sold on this one.

Partly because I am, like our heroine, also frequently bored. This rarely ends well for anyone, particularly my long-suffering husband.

Partly, because any book that includes repetitive images of a surly potato loudly proclaiming his boredom is one that I’m guaranteed to love.

And partly because this book features the phrase, “I’d rather be a KID than a potato ANY DAY!”

Which I think we can...more
Cheryl Rainfield

I loved this book so much I bought two copies--one for myself and one for a three-year-old boy I love. The story interested me and is well written, but for me it was the lively, expressive illustrations that really made the book.

In I'm Bored, a little girl is bored until she finds a potato that talks to her. The potato is not any potato--it's a talking potato--and it's bored, too. The potato thinks kids are boring, so the little girl sets out to prove that kids are NOT boring. In trying to convi...more
Amber Hestwood
This book made me smile. All the time we hear little kids say that they are "so bored". Many of us adults are guilty of those words as well; atleast I know I am! The book begins with a little girl who is bored. She is so bored that she starts to talk to a potato. The potato tells her that she is in fact boring; all kids are boring. The little girl gets a wee bit offended and makes it her mission to prove to the talking spud that kids are anything but boring. She shows all the fun things that kid...more
That potato just cracks me up on every page! Cute story with the sweetest and funniest drawings! A great story for anyone who has ever uttered those two words, I'm bored, or shuddered when they heard them! :)
Lisa Vegan
The last few pages had a couple humorous twists, and those elevated the book enough for me so that I can give it 3 stars, but barely. I do like the “I’m bored” refrain and kids will certainly identify and understand. I don’t know any kid who’s never complained about being bored. However, the bulk of the book is too didactic and obviously so, and until the last few pages, I was rather bored. The pictures are very cute and expressive. The potato angle is unique, I admit.
Angela (:
May 25, 2014 Angela (: rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angela (: by: karen
So this is actually really cute. A very bored girl comes across a potato that's just as bored, and she goes to prove to the potato that kids aren't boring but FUN.

I found this book through Karen, who wrote this adorable review.

This book is actually really simple and it's probably something anyone can come up with but point is, they didn't. So this book is very enjoyable. :P

I love the illustrations! And hahaha, the ending is very cute too. This is worth a read.
Jan 17, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a very funny book about a little girl who tries to entertain a potato by coming up with myriad different activities and inventive ways to entertain themselves. The narrative is entertaining and the pictures are fun, too. We just loved the potato. So odd, yet funny.

Our youngest read this book aloud to us and it couldn't have been more perfect. I loved hearing her change her inflection throughout the dialogue, using diferent voices for the little girl and the potato. We really enjoyed rea...more
Oct 11, 2012 Deborah added it
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Child vs potato. Very funny.

The Illustrations: The illustrations in this book are simple and straight forward. The focus of the illustrations are on the main characters, with little detail or no detail given to the background. the images look like simple pen drawings with touches of color. I really enjoyed how simple these images were- they really went well with the feel of the story and complemented the humor in the story well. My little one laughed at the pictures and found it easy to follow along with multiple pictures...more
So many children and adults find it hard to entertain themselves and complain about how bored they are. In this picture book a young girl finds herself in that exact state until she happens upon a potato. Although she can't think of anything to do with the spud, she tries desperately to show him all the neat things can do with their time, but he remains unimpressed. I liked how her efforts are simple at first (turning cartwheels) and then escalate to elaborate fantasies in which she fights a dra...more
Jessica Berry
This book is about a little girl that is bored. She finds a potato and they talk about fun things to do so they won’t be bored, but the potato thinks all of the girl’s ideas are boring. The girl talks about fun things to do like ninja kicks or walking on her hands. Then she talks about using her imagination and she acts like a ballerina, a lion tamer, an astronaut in space, a singer, a pirate, and a monster. As she is talking about all of these, the illustrations show each of these scenes. It sh...more
Emily Duncan
I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black is a funny story of a young girl and a potato. After sitting around being bored, the girl finds a potato to play with. Her and her imagination come up with tons of fun adventurous games for her and the potato to play but potato finds them all to be very boring. The young girl quickly realizes that there is nothing boring about being a kid, she can skip, be a famous ballerina, or a lion tamer. The illustration by Debbie Ridpath Ohi ar wonderful and grab the reader’s...more
Excellent for a summer storytime or call & response storytime.
Julie Duffy
This book is so cute!

I read it to my 7 year old's Second Grade class the other day and they were giggling from the first endpaper (covered in the word "Bored") to the last page. They pointed and laughed and started to join in with the potato's refrain after a few pages. They chattered about what the little girl was up to as the illustrations grew more and more imaginative. They MOBBED me for the activity sheets I had printed out from the illustrator's website (, and dashed b...more
Summary: A girl is complaining about being bored. Then she comes across a potato to who tells her that she’s just a boring kid! She is not happy about being called boring so she shows that potato that she can do whatever she wants if she just uses her imagination. She pretends to be things like a famous ballerina and a fairy princess with her own castle, dragons and unicorns. The potato still wasn’t impressed but the little girl wasn’t bored anymore!
Audience: K-2
Appeal: It’s silly (there’s a tal...more
Lynn Plourde
This book is LAUGH-OUTLOUD FUNNY! "I'm Bored" is certainly NOT boring! The illustrations seem simple, yet say so much. "I'm bored" is such a universal expression. My siblings and I said it as kids. Our kids said it when they were kids. I'm certain one day my grandkids will say it, but then I'll pull out this book to challenge them to show me all the non-boring kid things they can do. We'll do them together and giggle. I love the cover and that they left the author/illustrator names off (put them...more
Paul  Hankins
Love this one. . .it's like a mix of Peanuts, VeggieTales, and Drop Dead Fred all thrown into a nice little package with super cute illustrations by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.

I think the Geisel Award pile just shifted a bit to make some room for this little gem that has the best use of text placement/arrangement I've seen that really lends itself to the humor and charm and snark of the book.

This one begs read aloud. I am trying to get my potato voice down now. I cannot decide if I want my potato to sou...more
Published in 2012 this is not the only children's picture book of this title or this subject. It's as common as diapers on a toddler. "I'm bored!" is that heavily sighed announcement which every child has said and every parent has endured. My usual answer is to give them something useful to do.

I haven't read all of the other books of similar subject or title, so I'm at a loss to compare. But I'm sure this little gem by Michael Ian Black has something the other books lack.

A Potato.

What is more...more
The potato was unexpected.

I did not read the inside jacket copy. I didn’t even notice the back cover. Browsing shelves, I saw the front cover, remembered it’s popularity when it was released, and added it to my stack of books. I dove straight into the reading.

A few pages in, after the self-pitying complaints of boredom, the child finds a potato and thinks it may be interesting. It isn’t. And it is, because they proceed to have an argument. The child has to prove that kids are not boring, stating...more
Maureen McGowan
Both parents and kids will relate to this story. And the illustrations are picture perfect. Oh, is that a pun?
Have seen an advance copy. Can't wait to see the real thing and to buy it for every kid I know.

I've seen the real thing now and wow. It's a great picture book. Very funy and Debbie Ridpath Ohi's illustrations show so much emotion with such a minimalist style. I recommend this book highly.
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My 3 1/2 year old daughter and I both laughed out loud reading this. The playful text and simple illustrations work very well to convey a great message about boredom and the eye of the beholder. She asked to read it four more times in the first sitting and keeps bringing it out at story time a week later. A glowing endorsement indeed from the shortest attention span in the house.
Ashley R.
"I'm Bored" is about a little girl who is complaining about how bored she is. Then she finds a potato and tries to convince it that kids are definitely not boring because they can do so many things. The potato shoots down every idea and suggestion this girl has until she gives up on him. Then the potato meets a flamingo, who says "I'm bored".
This book was a great children's book. The illustrations were very simple, but entertaining at the same time. They almost looked like a child had drawn them...more
I got a chance to steal a sneak peek at this one before it releases in the fall and am so glad I did! So cute and funny and I just loved the illustrations. I'm not a big reader of picture books, but this one had me turning the pages right until the end. Very sweet and funny.
Just in time for the summer avalanche of "Mom, I'm bored!" I have found a book that I will certainly be sharing with my friends with children making that complaint. It starts with a child complaining of boredom. The child is at first excited by the find of a potato but promptly declares it boring. The potato, in turn, pronounces the child as boring. The child then explains various things that a child can do, but all the while the potato is passing judgement and requiring the child to come up wit...more
Jennifer Hackett
Black, Michael Ian. I'm Bored (2012). Have you ever muttered the words, " I'm bored?". This humorous children book is about a little girl that is bored until she finds a potato that talks to her. The talking potato is bored too and believes that kids are boring and so the little girl sets out to prove that kids are not boring. The little girl learns to use her imagination and is able to discover just how much fun she can have. The illustrations are simple, yet very expressive. The illustrations...more
I think being bored is so important - we should all try and be a little more bored sometimes. But, we should never be *boring* -- what would the potatos think?
HIL-ARIOUS!! For adults and kids. Kids will get a kick out of the humor of a little girl trying to convince a perpetually bored potato (yes a potato) all the fun things that they could do together. Adults will get a kick out of how the story mirrors an everyday situation with kids; the 'I'm borded'/'you could do' push-pull.

I really liked how the girl's imagination of ballets, castles and rock was illustrated as the with light blue crayon. I, also, liked the way the potato was incorporated into...more
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Michael Ian Black (very famous) is a popular comedian who began his career with The State, a sketch comedy troupe he co-founded at New York University in 1988, which went on to have a successful run on MTV. He then co-created the Comedy Central television series "Viva Variety," a fake European variety show. From there, he appeared on several television show before landing the role of Phil Stubbs,...more
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