Tuesday, March 10, 2020

"King of Boredom" - a bookwrap


King of Boredom 
by Ilaria Guarducci

* Ages:  5-8
* Grade Level:  PS-3
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Schiffer Kids
* Pub. Date:  April 28, 2020
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations for You to Enjoy

The Book

Ben is bored.  He was bored yesterday... he's bored today... and if things don't change... he'll be bored tomorrow.  He is thin and pale and loves the colour grey and plain pasta.  In his spare time he adores gazing into space. His blah moods don't change even if the seasons and weather do or even his position.  What in the world is wrong with Ben? 

He crowns himself the Supreme King of Boredom, because he is. Those around him try to perk him up and encourage him to shred that dark cloud that envelopes him.  They want him to replace it with excitement and adventure in his life.  But, alas, to no avail.  Ben is a just plain lame. 

After declaring himself Supreme King of Boredom he decides that every King needs a throne.  Right?   He busies himself making a cool one out of a cardboard.  Next he designs a castle to go with the throne and then adds subjects to his royal court made out of stuffed animals.  My goodness he even transforms one of his stuffed toys into a Queen.  Maybe, just maybe, life is not as boring as Ben makes it out to be.  As Ben imagines and creates he discovers that his attitude changes too... changes for the better.  Instead of seeing the glass half empty, he now sees it half full.  What a revelation!  

The illustrations greatly enrich the textual message and are filled with details.  This book celebrates creativity, individuality, and uniqueness.  Parents and teachers will delight at the innovation and imagination that is sparked as a result of fostering a child's need for alone time.  Dyslexia-friendly font creates accessibility for all readers. Alone can be a good thing.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author/ Illustrator

Award-winning author Ilaria Guarducci always dreamed of making comics, but life led her down a different path. She restored furniture, sold cream puffs, escaped to Brazil, and even became a mother, before becoming an accomplished illustrator. http://ilariaguarducci.blogsport.com

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