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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes When I’m Bored, written by Deborah Serani, Psy.D. and beautifully illustrated by Kyra Teis, is told in the first person by a little boy who is old enough to know what boredom is but too young to know how to deal with it. He is indeed fortunate to have parents wise and caring enough to provide viable solutions. In the first part of the book, the boy simply expresses how he feels when he is bored. He uses the expressions “can’t find anything to do,” “everything bothers me,” “everything is the same,” and “Ugh!” He is talking directly to his readers as if sharing a confession. In the second part of the book, his mom and dad offer viable suggestions for solving his problem.
As I read, I wished I’d had parents who could have helped me solve this problem. I think that, like most kids, I muddled through. But there is a third section of this book for adults, in which Dr. Serani gives the adult reader a glimpse of some of the research available about the issue of boredom in kids: Why Does Boredom Happen, How to Spot Boredom in Children of Various Ages, and Five Tips for Adults. I think a lot of the advice here would also be useful for adults struggling with the difficulties of filling their leisure time. Dr. Serani’s expertise comes out sympathetically in the little boy’s voice as does Ms. Teis’s in her exquisite drawings. I will definitely purchase Sometimes When I’m Bored for my granddaughter’s use with her little boy, and I might even have a peek at it from time to time myself!