King of Boredom by Ilaria Guarducci

91mqp84lT5L._AC_UY218_King of Boredom by Ilaria Guarducci. Schiffer Kids, 2020. 9780764359743

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This seems like that perfect book for the child who says “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do.” In this story we meet a little boy named Ben who is extremely bored. He has plenty of things to entertain himself, but he is always bored. His favorite color is gray, his favorite food is white pasta, and his favorite activity is sitting still. His parents have tried everything to cure his boredom, but nothing has been successful. One day Ben is sitting in his room (being bored) and decides that he is the king of boredom. Like every king, he should have a crown–so he makes one. He then decides to make some other things a king would need such as a throne and a castle. He gathers some of his stuffed animals to be horses and servants and they join Ben in royal activities such as a game of chess and high tea. Before you know it, Ben is actually having fun!

I think young children will get a kick out of Ben’s dour expression throughout the story. No matter what effort is made to make him smile, he always seems to have a very sour look on his face. I can see kids rejoicing when Ben does crack a small smile at the end of the story.

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 years old. I think at this age they can relate to feeling bored at times, so the story might be a little more relatable for them.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, 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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: July 19, 2020

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