No Boring Stories
Illustrated by Charles Santoso!
The unpopular animals have had enough. They want to be in a picture book! Stories about mommy-loving kitties and cuddly bunnies at bedtime are boring. Wouldn't you rather hear about yeti crabs in robo suits and fierce babirusa princesses who fight giant grape monsters?! This group of misfits has a unique story to tell, but they'll never finish writing it if their over eager bunny neighbor won't GO AWAY!
on Booklist Online:
Bunny is in search of a writer’s group, but her offbeat style is out of sync with both her wide-eyed, fluffy appearance and her cuddly counterparts working in clusters on the endpapers.
Following an arrow toward the “International Society for Writers of Odd and Weird,” she knows she has found her people. Unfortunately, Miss Mole and the other rough-hewn members—a giraffe-necked weevil, a babirusa, and a yeti crab—dismiss her after one look. She goes underground (literally), but the irrepressible rabbit can’t contain her contributions to the group’s unfolding narrative about a princess fighting to save the kingdom (and sandwiches), relayed in cloud-shaped thought bubbles. Santoso’s incisive designs range from sequential panels to full-page compositions. He differentiates the dual storylines by using earth tones for “reality” and a more vibrant palette for the invented action. Bunny’s interruptions force a confrontation during which the authors express frustration at the preponderance of adorable bunny stories, while the accused explains her misery regarding “all these ideas inside me” but no one to help with discernment. Happily, when the plot’s conclusion proves elusive, Bunny’s idea for turning evil grapes into carrot raisin salad is just the ticket. Falatko builds increasingly embellished sentences while also pairing terminology about and examples of story elements: “relatable characters,” an “inciting incident,” “rising action,” and a “climax.”
Showcasing the values of persistence and collaboration, this intelligent comedy offers substance alongside the laughter.
Rabbits often are portrayed as cute and fluffy, especially in children's books. But what if you are an adorable bunny completely bored with sweet stories? The frustrated bunny heads off to a gathering of a different sort, a meeting of the International Society for Writers of Odd and Weird. A mole, giraffe-necked weevil, babirusa, and yeti crab (all real creatures) have an active writing group. Bunny, eager to write a noncuddly story, wants to join them but is turned away. They have been working on a tale full of robots, lasers, and evil grapes, and as Bunny eavesdrops, she cannot contain her enthusiasm, even when she's sent away again. Providing an excellent writing model, the friends work together creating characters, rising action, and a climax, but what they don't have is an ending. Bunny's suggestion, however, finally wins them over. The simple but sophisticated cartoon-style illustrations elevate the humor of the clever text. Delving into the writing process, the value of collaboration, and unexpected friendship, this story is great fun for would-be writers of any age.