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The boring book, Shinsuke Yoshitake

Label
The boring book
Title
The boring book
Statement of responsibility
Shinsuke Yoshitake
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
Summary
  • A child, bored by his toys, contemplates the emotion and concept of boredom, and whether or not it is boring to be an adult--or a child
  • I'm bored. But what does being "bored" really mean? What makes things "boring"? The Boring Book playfully and intelligently explores the ways that this seemingly stagnant state is is actually a portal into a mind-blowing experience, and more "fun" than anyone ever imagined! --
Member of
Has edition
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Award
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, 2019.
  • USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2020
Review
  • PreS-Gr 2—A fluffy-haired boy says the commonly heard childhood phrase, "I'm bored." Mom is busy, so he wonders to himself just what makes things boring. Why is he bored? What does boring actually mean? He imagines boring situations, parks with no playgrounds and such. While pondering the concept of boringness, he discovers that the act of thinking is not boring at all. The boy continues musing on the state of being bored: Is it fun when 300 boring people get together or is it 300 times more boring? He concludes that no matter how bored he feels, it is up to him to make his own fun. Cartoon illustrations in primary colors depict the boy in various whimsical scenarios as he analyzes his mental state and observes the world around him. Short sentences of prose, segmented throughout the page, work well with the illustrations to keep readers engaged and thinking critically along with the boy. VERDICT This book was first published in Japan, and is sure to entertain self-proclaimed bored children everywhere, provide them with food for thought, and inspire a few chuckles as well.–Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services --Mindy Hiatt (Reviewed 08/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 7, p63)
  • Japanese author and illustrator Yoshitake (Still Stuck) zeroes in on a ubiquitous childhood experience and probes it with dry wit. The creator’s human figures draw smiles from the get-go as a boy sprawls on the couch, dead bored: “My toys are boring. There’s nothing to watch on TV.” His mind wanders: “Why am I bored? What does ‘boring’ mean, anyway?” In vignettes and multistage spreads, the boy considers the many permutations of ennui. “I wonder what the world’s most boring amusement part is like,” the boy says, as Yoshitake shows children in an advanced state of stupor shuffling through a park (“The Ferris wheel is low. The roller coaster is slow. Most of the rides are closed for repairs”). Is everything either fun or boring, or is there something in between, “like when I’m peeling a hard-boiled egg”? Just don’t ask the adults about being bored. Their replies are... dull. The uncredited translation conveys the book’s humor, though the warm, handwritten text of the original is swapped out for chilly printed type. Alive to paradox, Yoshitake demonstrates that talking about what’s boring can be a lot of fun. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/13/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 19, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The oft-heard childhood phrase "I'm bored" becomes the jumping-off point for this philosophical picture book. There is nothing to entertain or distract this child today, and so the protagonist becomes inquisitive about boredom. What does it mean exactly? Does everyone experience it? Even animals? Is life a continual dichotomy between fun and boring? Is boredom a matter of perspective? As the child demonstrates with bemusement, sometimes wandering through such answerless wonderings can itself be the antidote to boredom. Each page offers a thought experiment examining the nature of boredom sure to provoke curiosity and insight. This English translation of a book originally published in Japan in 2017 makes reference to Japanese culture through the illustrations; school children wear traditional uniforms, and adults sit cross-legged at tables low to the ground. All characters have the same paper-white skin, simple facial features, and brown or gray hair; the repetition of hairstyles, clothing, and facial expressions on the people emphasizes a sameness that is characteristic of boredom, yet even so, the illustrations are interesting and evocative. Adults and children will find this boring book a wonderful resource for sparking conversation. It's a terrific reminder for readers of all ages that boredom is always optional. A perfectly mild unpacking of the nuances and subtleties of boredom. (Picture book. 6-10) (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2019)
Assigning source
From dust jacket
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10798813
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yoshitake, Shinsuke
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 520L
  • Decoding: 4 (hard)
  • Vocabulary: 4 (hard)
  • Sentences: 4 (hard)
  • Patterns: 5 (very hard)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.Y82552
LC item number
Bo 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boredom
  • Emotions
  • Boredom
  • Boredom
  • Emotions
Target audience
primary
Label
The boring book, Shinsuke Yoshitake
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Japan in 2017 under the title Tsumannai Tsumannai by HAKUSENSHA."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1051778182
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452174563
Lccn
2018037897
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1051778182
Label
The boring book, Shinsuke Yoshitake
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in Japan in 2017 under the title Tsumannai Tsumannai by HAKUSENSHA."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1051778182
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452174563
Lccn
2018037897
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1051778182

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