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No Boring Stories

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  74 reviews
A group of odd animals is annoyed when a bunny tries to infiltrate their writing group. What could she possibly offer to their group? Surely she only wants to write about sharing and mommies and cuddling!

A story about finding your people and following your heart, even if your heart is telling you to write about evil attacking grapes from outer space.
Published November 6th 2018 by Viking
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Read for my daughter. A fun read about a bunch of animals wanting to get together to write a one of a kind story, except they don’t want to invite a bunny but she sneaks in to their meeting anyway.
Elizabeth A
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-ya, 2019, art
A group of friends are part of a writing group, and they plan on writing a story is that will NOT have the following:
- Mommy cats tucking fluffy kittens into bed
- Fuzzy ducklings waddling to the pond
- Bear cubs giving birthday hugs
- And definitely no BORING STORIES about adorable bunnies

So you can imagine their reaction when a bunny wants to join their writing group.

This cute picture book reminds us all that we often make incorrect assumptions about others, and it might be better if we actually
Kaethe Douglas
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An assortment of strange but real critters workshop a story together and refuse to let a common bunny join because of blatant cute prejudice.
It would never have occurred to me to write a picture book about a writing group, but it works on multiple levels, not least the advantage of diverse voices in a group.

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Scott Robins
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Probably one of the best meta picture books I've read on writing and creating stories yet. Hilarious with strong narrative intent from start to finish. Highly recommended.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Hilarious! (And NOT boring!)
Hey, look! It's any girl EVER trying to join ANY group of people....pretty much ever. This book reminds me so much of the "gatekeepers" who try so hard to keep fluff out of THEIR spaces that they end up pushing away some quality folks who have a lot to contribute.
Fortunately, the International Society for Writers of Odd and Weird figures out (eventually) that maybe not all bunnies like to write stories about puppies and birthday parties.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought the story and illustrations were delightful; very funny. I loved that three of the animals were unusual and not in every other picture book--the mole, the yeti crab and the babirusa. The fact that they think the bunny is going to like boring stories was funny.
Amanda Hilde
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Great children's story that deals with gatekeeping.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This bunny is tired of cuddly-sweet stories. She wants fierce action & battling grape monsters! However, the animals in No Boring Stories don't want to let a snuggly bunny in their misfit group... How will she convince them that she is in the same boat (or robot crab?) Bright, fun illustrations with characters to match, a charming book on how we shouldn't base what someone enjoys on how they look or who they are. ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Penguin for a free physical copy in exchange for my honest review.

No boring stories is a cute story that follows one bunny who just wants to have some input from some other storytellers. These other storytellers though don't want to let in him in their group and try to do everything they can to send him away. That is until finally he is able to give them an idea that helps their story and they are willing to listen to the bunny.
This is a great story that brings to mind how we all n
Baby Bookworm
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!

Hello, friends! Our book today is No Boring Stories!, written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Charles Santoso, a hilarious yet poignant look at the creative process.

Bunny has a head full of wonderful and strange story ideas, but her fellow “cute and cuddly” creators just don’t seem to get what she’s about. Seeing a sign for a meeting of the International Society for Writers Of Odd and Weird
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
No Boring Stories! by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Charles Santoso. PICTURE BOOK. Viking (Penguin Random). 2018. $18.00. 9780451476821



A group of misfits meets together to write stories that aren’t boring. They are creatures never featured in stories and they think its about time something besides cuddly animals get their day. The problem is that a cuddly bunny shows up and wants to be part of their group. Can they somehow all work togeth
The International Society for Writers of Odd and Weird are about to hold a meeting ... as soon as they all show up. But wait ... who is this trying to sneak into the meeting? “You’re a Bunny! Intruder! Alert!” Star nosed Mole refuses to allow the bunny in because she just knows that the bunny writes boring stories about “cuddling and mommies and kittens and bedtime!’

When Giraffe-Necked Weevil, Yeti Crab and Barbirusa show up, the society continues working on their story. But Bunny interrupts the
Beth Anderson
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This irresistible story has multiple layers, the main one being the characters’ desire for nontypical stories. No cute bears, rabbits, or ducklings wanted. No birthdays, cuddling or bedtime allowed. Oddball characters, Mole, Babirusa, Yeti Crab, and Giraffe-Necked Weevil, are determined to create an exciting story as the “International Society for Writers of Odd and Weird.” But too-cute bunny, an infiltrator, keeps interrupting. The illustrations are priceless! Through the developing story, Fala ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A group of animals who... tend not to star in stories have come up with their own story club/writers' group. However, a bunny really wants to join in, as she doesn't tend to write the kind of stories she is expected to, so she persists until the other animals realize what she is isn't important.

The truly humorous part, is that I read a stack of picture books at the same time as this one, and nearly every single one of them had elements that the "writers' group" sneers at in this story! A fun sto

Christine Turner
Twilight Tales -- StoryBlocks -- SRP 2020

Note: Library School Journal recommends this book for grades k - 3.

The unpopular animals have had enough. They want to be in a picture book! Stories about mommy-loving kitties and cuddly bunnies at bedtime are boring. Wouldn't you rather hear about yeti crabs in robo suits and fierce babirusa princesses who fight giant grape monsters?! This group of misfits has a unique story to tell, but they'll never finish writing it if their over-eager bunny neighbor
Becky B
A group of animals who don't normally get picked for stories meets for their regular writing group. They make only not boring stories, and get quite worried about a bunny who wants to join their group. Won't a normal story character make their story normal and boring?

This shared great elements of story writing in addition to being a fun story itself. I can honestly say I've never read another picture book featuring a yeti crab or a giraffe-necked weevil, so kids will get introduced to some obsc
McKenzie Richardson
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Such an odd premise for a book that turns into a lovely and adorable story.

Sick of boring stories about bunnies being cute and cuddly, a group of strange animals band together to write their own exciting stories. When a bunny wants to join they group, they are quick to refuse.

A very cute story with a great message about judging people (or animals) before getting to know them and working together to collaborate on a project.

Very fun and adorable il
Margaret Boling
I really liked this story, for myself, but I'm not sure it's a good fit for most primary-grade readers. There's lots of text, it would be a tough read-aloud, and it feels like there are lots of insider jokes for writers in a writing group. It might work well for a targeted audience of young authors in a classroom or club writing group.

I did like the way it pushed back on whose voices are included and what type of stories can be heard. It also disrupted gender stereotypes > girls can be warriors.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebooks
A group of weird animals want to write interesting stories together. When a cute fuzzy bunny tries to join, they immediately shun her because they see her as representative of everything they DON'T want in a story. The story is partly the group of animals and their interactions with the bunny, and partly the story they are creating together.

For me, the story they were working on felt a little video gamey and off-putting. I've seen other books like this and have been told they are high interest f
Juliana Lee
There's a writing group which does NOT want Bunny to join them because bunnies are in too many stories already and they are writing a story about themselves. But Bunny needs their help, because they have fun interesting ideas, not boring like all the bunny books. Eventually they let him listen in. They have a great beginning but not a good ending. All along, Bunny has been taking notes and has come up with a clever exciting ending which the rest of the animals all love. Reluctantly, they agree t ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Age: K-3rd grade

An adorable bunny finds a writer's support group for weird ideas and, although initially rejected due to her cuteness and presence in boring stories, she sneaks her hilariously bizarre ideas into a collaborative story.

Be sure to install your vocal modifier for a slew of distinct characters and dialogue. Obviously suitable for a young writers group, this would also be fun for a small group to collaboratively read like a script.

Side note: Be sure to start the story on the
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Checked this book out from the library with try before you buy approach.

For readers: I thought this book was more of a graphic novel training wheels project. It is funny but I am not sure if it is a wonderful read aloud without a lot of explaining tiny details in the illustrations.
For writers: I had someone suggest as a writer that this is a good book for using a cast of characters effectively.

If you are going to use it for showing how illustrations enhance the storytelling this would be a gre
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
"I like books where strange stuff happens. But everyone says my stories are too weird."

Rebecca Gomez
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Kind of weird, occasionally amusing, but too long. This book is partly about the wrongness of making assumptions about others (or outright excluding them) based on outward characteristics (not all members of a people group think or act the same, duh!) and partly about the importance of having like-minded people with whom to work out your ideas. Not a suitable book for story time, in my opinion, but would be a good read for older kids interested in the writing and/or collaborating process.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kindergarten-3rd grade
An adorable bunny finds a writer's support group for weird ideas and, although initially rejected due to her cuteness, she sneaks her hilariously bizarre ideas into a collaborative story.

Be sure to install your vocal modifier for a slew of distinct characters and dialogue. Obviously suitable for a young writers group, this would also be fun for a small group to collaboratively read aloud, like a script.

Reviewed by: Miss Kelsey, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A group of animals gathers to write a story together. The bunny tries to join but they reject him as bunnies are in so many cute stories. They stereotype him without listening. They discover he wants to write the same types of adventure stories they do after a lot of sneaking and hiding to join them.
Use to talk about listening and seeing beyond the obvious.
Four animals (mole, babirusa, weevil, crab) meet to come up with book ideas. They want wild and exciting stories. A bunny shows up at their meeting, but they don't want to hear the bunny's boring stories. Only, the bunny doesn't have boring stories. Silly story with nice artwork, but a little too much text to hold young readers interest for long.
The Brothers
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A bunny is rejected from a writers group of odd-ish animals (star-nosed mole, Babirusa, yeti crab, and giraffe-necked weevil) because they are afraid that she will just want to tell cute, sweet little stories and that is not what they are about. But they soon learn that looks can be deceiving and the little bunny has weird and wonderful ideas, just like them.

Very cute illustrations.
Sara Magnafichi
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story is about a little rabbit who wants nothing more than to join a group of animals who write vivid stories full of adventure. She struggles with coming up with a complete story and hopes these other "writers" can help her. This is a great story to in introduce various story elements during writing workshop within a classroom setting.
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