Format: PDF Review Copy (digital)
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a timely story and one that will be enjoyed by all those families staying at home during the COVID virus. This story features a young princess named Princess Easy Pleasy who gets bored very easily. Her day begins at 9:00 a.m. and already she is saying she is bored. Her mother suggests jumping on the bed together and then they could make the bed. That activity lasts about one hour and then Princess Easy Pleasy is ready to move on to something new. This time, her father suggests preparing an elaborate breakfast together–and this uses up another two hours. Family and friends all help throughout the day to keep Princess Easy Pleasy happy and busy. This includes cleaning the family pets, organizing things, making lists, and reading books. Before she even realizes, it is time for bed and her last words before she falls into a drowsy sleep are “Wasn’t that a fun day. See, I didn’t let any of you get bored.”
I loved how her family and friends tricked Princess Easy Pleasy into doing all these jobs. They would say things like “If you think you are old enough”, “If you like to mess with soap and water”, and “If you think you can be clever enough”. This got her interested in doing some things that might have seemed boring to her.
The illustrations provided by Priya Kuriyan are bright and colorful and the facial expressions of the humans and the animals will be entertaining for young children. Also, there is a list in the back of the book that offers several boredom busters for children with just about any interest–reading, music, crafts, physical activities, and games.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children over the age of four. This can be a very interactive story in that children can repeat the phrase “I’m so bored.” Children and parents might also get a kick out of seeing a little bit of themselves in this story.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, daycare centers, preschools, anyone who works with children over the age of four years old.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Book
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, I think any book on how to beat boredom with a young child will be a hit.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: June 2, 2020