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I'm Bored

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,658 Ratings  ·  341 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 could not possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring. But this girl is not going to let a vegetable t
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 2012
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Apr 26, 2013 karen rated it it was amazing

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
Jul 22, 2016 Kelli rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely brilliant! With fantastic illustrations, a bored potato, and a bored (but not boring) little girl, this book uses humor to make an important point. A new favorite. 5 stars.
May 01, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childrens
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
Jubilation Lee
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
Cheryl Rainfield
Dec 04, 2012 Cheryl Rainfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books

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
Kate Bretey
Oct 25, 2012 Kate Bretey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hestwood-digital
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
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.
Feb 01, 2012 Brook rated it it was amazing
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! :)
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
May 25, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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
Oct 11, 2012 Deborah added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Child vs potato. Very funny.
Aug 09, 2012 Coranne rated it it was amazing

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
Jessica Berry
Sep 24, 2012 Jessica Berry rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 19, 2012 Emily Duncan rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-a-loud
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
Bailey Riesselman
1. (share cover of the book) “Tell me about a time that you’ve been bored. What did you do? How did you feel when you had nothing to do?” (share student responses) (share the back cover) read aloud ‘Brought to you by Michael Ian Black, Debbie Ridpath Ohi … and a potato.’ “Do you think the potato is going to be important in this story? Why would the author include a potato?” (share student responses)
2. I raise questions to spark curiosity about why a potato would be in the book, I invited student
Dec 01, 2012 Gigi rated it really liked it
Excellent for a summer storytime or call & response storytime.
Nov 12, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The dreaded boredom has set in in this very funny picture book. A little girl is so bored she is flat on her back moaning when she notices a potato. When she tosses the potato away, not knowing what to do with it, the potato says that it too is bored. The potato goes on to tell the little girl that kids are boring. She insists that no, kids are fun and the potato challenges her to prove it. She shows the potato all the physical things she can do, then demonstrates using her imagination, but thro ...more
Julie Duffy
Oct 01, 2012 Julie Duffy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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
Oct 25, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
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
Lynn Plourde
Sep 12, 2012 Lynn Plourde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
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
Aug 11, 2016 Alecia rated it it was amazing
Very cute and clever way of giving kids ideas of things to do in an age where technology is sometimes a child's activity of choice. My five year old asked to read this daily for quite a while, and we had fun drawing faces on old potatoes as an activity to go along with the story.
Jessica Lopez
Mar 04, 2015 Jessica Lopez rated it really liked it
Such a wonderful book! It made me laugh and think of my girls. As bored as they think they are, I am always amazed at what their creative minds come up with to entertain themselves. I think the best part was she was trying to convince a potato that kids are not boring. A potato, there is nothing less exciting than a POTATO!
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
Alayna Pope
Feb 22, 2016 Alayna Pope rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is unique story about proving that children are not boring! A little girl is bored and is talking to a potato. The girl tries to prove to the potato that children aren't boring! She does everything imaginable and the potato claims that it is all boring. This makes the girl work even harder to prove her point. At the end, the potato thinks he finally found something fun on his own, but then becomes bored. I think it's a cute message that asks, "How can a child ever be bored?" There are so ma ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Corrina rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
Read my full review at!

This is another great read aloud I found in my school’s library last year. A little girl is completely bored with everything, until a potato calls her boring and she has to prove to it that kids are really interesting. Along the way, she reminds herself that she is creative and imaginative and smart and active and way more interesting than a mean old potato. It’s fun to read out loud to kids for story time, especially the monotonous “bored,
Feb 04, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The little (unnamed) girl when sent to her room comes face to face with .... BOREDOM! The opening line is: "I'm bored. Bored. Blaaaaaaaaaaaaah. I'm so BORED! Can you imagine?... a kid actually being bored?... a first world problem for sure. She encounters a crusty, judgemental potato who turns the tables on her and declares that SHE is the one that is boring. Well, that gets her all fired up and she rises to his challenge of proving to him that kids are far from boring. They c ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Dapoppins rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 25, 2016 Kathryn rated it liked it
This book is about a little girl who is bored and then finds a potato. The potato says he is bored and the little girl tries to show him everything that they could do together, and he still says he's bored. Then the potato says kids are boring, and the little girl gets angry because she doesn't understand how anyone could think kids are boring when they have imaginations and can be whatever they want to be. Then the potato finally gets what he loves, flamingos. And the flamingo says he is bored. ...more
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