Friday, November 15, 2013

The Most Interesting Boring Book Ever!

Now that I am feeling well again, and life has slowed down a bit, I have been asking myself when or if I should resume blogging. Then last week a truly delightful book arrived in my letterbox and I absolutely can't resist sharing it. So, Kitty as a Picture is back, and kicking off with The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (which I can assure you is anything but boring!)

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka

The Boring Book opens with a book (an adorable lift-the-flap insert) that is said to be so boring it sends everyone who attempts to read it to sleep. (Adults, do take the time to read the text in the lift-the-flap book - it's hilarious and very clever.)

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka

This book is sooooo boring that even the words themselves are fed up. They are tired of standing around in rows, and instead begin to play and be creative. Then one day they skip right out of the book to freedom and begin to get up to a little mischief.

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka

At first there is much fun and excitement, but then things start to go awry. The words need to be reined in; there is just too much confusion. So what happens to the words? Can they still have fun? Inspire? Play?

The Boring Book concludes in the most surprising and delightful way, and the book appeals to me on so many levels. It is a unique story idea with a valuable message for children about the joys of creative word play. As a book-lover, occasional creative writer, and parent I am super-excited to have discovered this book and what it has to offer my kids.
The artwork is lively and expressive, well suited to the story. And, the illustrations incorporate pattern - my passion. Add some lift-the-flap elements and you have my idea of the perfect children's book. The Boring Book is cute, quirky, and totally lovable. Thank you Vasanti Unka and Penguin Group (NZ), I'm smitten and so is my daughter!

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka
IBSN: 9780143505754
Published by Penguin Group (NZ)

November 2013
Imprint: Puffin
Format: Hardback

32 pages

About the author

Vasanti Unka is a designer and illustrator based in Auckland. She is the illustrator of The Bean's Story, which was a 2008 Storylines notable book, and Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn. Hill & Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It won the LIANZA Russell Clarke award the same year and was also the first children's book to win the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards.

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