Johnny Boo Is Bored! Bored! Bored!

Top Shelf Comics. (Johnny Boo: Bk. 14). Dec. 2023. 40p. Tr $11.99. ISBN 9781603095334.
PreS-Gr 1–When Johnny Boo has to give up his magic hammer to his friend Squiggle, he not only discovers the lesson of sharing but also learns about the importance of staying busy. Although this marks the 14th book in the series, Johnny Boo is still as sharp and adorable as ever, and this stand-alone story makes for a great jumping on point to the series at large. Kochalka has a Mo Willems–like ability to take a limited number of sight words and make them into a genuinely funny book. Thick outlining and simple character design makes the piece approachable and similar to related titles, such as the “Narwhal and Jelly” books by Ben Clanton.
VERDICT Lighthearted and silly with a good message, this title is part of a great series waiting to be discovered.

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