Bored – Nothing to Do by Peter Spier

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been reviewing Peter Spier books for children.  That’s because I’ve pulled them all out to share with my grandchildren when they arrive next week!  Peter Spier’s books are heavy on illustration and light on text allowing children to imaginatively explore and enjoy the details in each drawing.  His books were favorites of my children years ago, we’re hoping to pass that same interest on to Chloe and Paul. 


Bored – Nothing to Do by Peter Spier

One of my favorite Spier stories for older children is Bored-Nothing to Do! My kids learned not to say to me that they were bored or had nothing to do because I would quickly un-bore them and find plenty of things to occupy them…..but I digress.


The story begins with a picture of two boys sitting outside looking bored.  Strewn about them are various toys, games and activities that hold no attraction for these two.  Their mother then sternly orders them, “Go find something to do.  I was never bored at your age!”  So the two dejected-looking boys head for the barn and once there, decide to make something, but what?  The one brother spies an old propeller hanging up high in the barn.  The boys attach a rope and lower the propeller to the floor.  They smile, scratch their heads and look at a book showing them how to make —–an airplane!


Thus begins the madcap exploits of two brothers who are no longer bored.  They grab their father’s tools then rush about collecting items they need to make the plane.  The hilarious illustrations show them dismantling the fence for the boards, removing a wheel from the baby carriage, taking a door and some sheets from the house, and helping themselves to things from the yard such as the clothesline, exterior windows, and barrels.


The boys manage to build a fully functional airplane (after stripping the engine from their VW.)  The parents, oblivious to their boys’ feat, begin to discover all sorts of things around the house which no longer work. They stand outside and ask, “Where’s everything?  Where are the boys?” Just then the airplane appears over the barn and the mama faints into the amazed papa’s arms.  They’re told to come down where they get a spanking and a kiss before having to put everything back where it came from.


After the boys are sent to their room, the parents chuckle and smile, “Some boys!  Clever, too!”  And the boys?  Why they’re up in their room, bored-nothing to do.


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