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Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

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By (author) Joshua Glenn, By (author) Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Illustrated by Tony Leone, Illustrated by Heather Kasunick, Illustrated by Mister Reusch

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 200mm x 37mm x 261mm | 1,286g
  • Publication date: 18 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408830256
  • ISBN 13: 9781408830253
  • Illustrations note: 400 B&W and colour
  • Sales rank: 19,209

Product description

Unbored is the book every modern child needs. Brilliantly walking the line between cool and constructive, it's crammed with activities that are not only fun and doable but that also get kids standing on their own two feet. If you're a kid, you can: -- Build a tipi or an igloo -- Learn to knit -- Take stuff apart and fix it -- Find out how to be constructively critical -- Film a stop-action movie or edit your own music -- Do parkour like James Bond -- Make a little house for a mouse from lollipop sticks -- Be independent! Catch a bus solo or cook yourself lunch -- Make a fake exhaust for your bike so it sounds like you're revving up a motorcycle -- Design a board game -- Go camping (or glamping) -- Plan a road trip -- Get proactive and support the causes you care about -- Develop your taste and decorate your own room -- Make a rocket from a coke bottle -- Play farting games There are gross facts and fascinating stories, reports on what stuff is like (home schooling, working in an office.), Q&As with inspiring grown-ups, extracts from classic novels, lists of useful resources and best ever lists like the top clean rap songs, stop-motion movies or books about rebellion. Just as kids begin to disappear into their screens, here is a book that encourages them to use those tech skills to be creative, try new things and change the world. And it gets parents to join in. Unbored is fully illustrated, easy to use and appealing to young and old, girl and boy. Parents will be comforted by its anti-perfectionist spirit and humour. Kids will just think it's brilliant.

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Joshua Glenn is cofounder of the websites Significant Objects, Hilobrow and Semionaut, and has authored and edited a number of books. Together with Elizabeth Foy Larsen, he writes a parenting column based on Unbored for Slate. He lives in Boston and has two sons, who are ten and thirteen. Elizabeth Foy Larsen was a member of the team that launched Sassy, a magazine for teen girls. Her writing on families has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the Daily Beast and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis and has two sons and a daughter, aged seven to twelve. @UnboredGuide Tony Leone is a principal of Leone Design. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, and elsewhere. He has a son in kindergarten and a newborn daughter.

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What an amazing book. It can pretty much do everything except the washing up! I don't even know where to start - it's a book about EVERYTHING, a compendium of joy and entertainment, teaching kids as well as adults skills, tricks and games, as well as useful life advice. it does exactly what it says on the cover - you'll never be bored again. Waterstones.com Of the legions of activity books promising to drag your children away from the screen and to engage them in creative, life-enhancing activities, Unbored: the Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun is the very best I have come across. It is bursting with practical projects ... Perfect for bored eight- to 13-year-olds Daily Telegraph This summer's must-have activity book Daily Telegraph A collection of inspiring activities involving creativity, intelligence and problem-solving, which will fascinate older children and save them from boredom Lady 'Unbore' children with this fun and practical compendium of the very best in independent, creative and pioneering activities ABC