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Nov 20 2014

The anti-boredom book of brilliant things to do by Andy Seed

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ll. by Scott Garrett. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408850763
(Ages 5-10 ) Recommended. There is no doubt that The anti-boredom book of brilliant things to do is a great cure for boredom on a long drive. It has great quizzes, jokes, facts and 'think of as many things as you can think of' scenarios. With chapters including food, sport, names, money, music, school, holidays, the future, gadgets, toys and games there is no doubt that several hours of distraction are possible.
Endless amounts of jokes like 'What's the best thing to put in a pie? (Your teeth)', will have children in fits of laughter in the back seat. Questions like 'what name would you rather be called, Angelique or Prudence' will leave you speechless, and having to name 10 foods beginning with P will leave you bamboozled, frustrated and wanting to prove your ability on the next task.
A warning should be given though to any adults thinking about buying this book if there is a chance they may be the driver of a car on a long distance trip that has The anti-boredom book of brilliant things to do in use. The jokes are predominantly really bad, bordering on insanely horrific and liable to cause deep frustration that may lead to road rage. A good example would be: 'how does Usain Bolt keep cool? He sits next to his fans'.
The anti-boredom book of brilliant things to do is a book that would be perfect for a travelling family's glovebox. It would be a sensational stocking filler for a child who is going on a vacation over the holidays as well. Also let's face it, if a child is reading and demonstrating comprehension through laughter and answers then it is a great positive for their growth as emerging readers.
Steve Whitehead

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