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The Boring Book

The Boring Book


By Shinsuke Yoshitake


$17.99

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A New York Times Best Illustrated Book


A 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.

More Details

Size: 8 x 10 3/8 in;
Pages: 40 pp;
Age Range: 6-8 years
Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2019
ISBN: 9781452174563
Shinsuke Yoshitake is the author-illustrator of The I Wonder Bookstore and the creator of many award-winning picture books. He lives in Japan.

Media Reviews

★ “A terrific reminder for readers of all ages that boredom is always optional.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★“Sure to entertain self-proclaimed bored children everywhere, provide them with food for thought, and inspire a few chuckles as well.”
School Library Journal, starred review

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