FICTION

No Boring Stories!

No Boring Stories! illus. by Charles Santoso. 24p. Viking. Nov. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780451476821.
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K-Gr 3—A group of animals enthusiastically attends a meeting of the "International Society for the Writers of Odd and Weird." A bunny shows up and is declared an intruder by a star-nosed mole. The mole is afraid that the bunny will want to create boring stories that include things like kittens, cuddling, and bedtime. However, the bunny will not be deterred and listens to the meeting in secret. As other animal members join in, the group begins to create an event-packed collaborative story. This book is written with comic book bubbles illustrating character thoughts and dialogue. The different animals often envision themselves in many of the scenes that they contribute to the story. These thought bubbles add an entertaining and funny element to the narrative. The illustrations are also broken down into graphic novel–style panels and square segments. These traits give the narrative a unique look and feel. White space is used effectively throughout, allowing the characters to stand out, and pastel hues are added to character thought bubbles, making them pop off the page when contrasted with the book's white background.
VERDICT A fun title that encourages children to embrace their imaginations and unique talents and to express creativity in the written form.

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