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    Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun (Hardback) 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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    DescriptionUnbored 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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    The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joshua Glenn, By (author) Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Illustrated by Tony Leone, Illustrated by Heather Kasunick, Illustrated by Mister Reusch
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 200 mm
    Height: 37 mm
    Thickness: 261 mm
    Weight: 1,286 g
    ISBN 13: 9781408830253
    ISBN 10: 1408830256

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y4.1
    BIC E4L: LEI
    BIC subject category V2: YNV, YNP
    BISAC V2.8: JNF000000, JNF021000, JNF015000
    DC23: 790.1922
    Illustrations note
    400 B&W and colour
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    18 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    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