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Delia's Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story

Delia's Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story

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by Andy Myer (Illustrator)

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Poor Delia, nothing ever happens to her. Her life is so dull, dull, dull. But perhaps if Delia decided to look up or turn around, she'd see… the elephants marching through her house… the pirate sitting behind her on the school bus… or even the submarine that rises to the surface right after she leaves the pool! If Delia ever paid attention,


Poor Delia, nothing ever happens to her. Her life is so dull, dull, dull. But perhaps if Delia decided to look up or turn around, she'd see… the elephants marching through her house… the pirate sitting behind her on the school bus… or even the submarine that rises to the surface right after she leaves the pool! If Delia ever paid attention, she'd realize her life is quite exciting after all.

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Publishers Weekly
There are none so blind as those who will not see. Case in point: Myer's (Pickles, Please!) bespectacled Delia, who is so convinced that her life is "completely boring" she doesn't see all the amazing things happening around her, like the gorilla behind her in the lunch line, the aliens invading her house while she watches TV, or the scuba diver rising from the toilet as she brushes her teeth. Not that any of these oddities are in a hurry to make themselves known—in fact, on the penultimate spread, a T. Rex actually admonishes readers to keep their lips zipped. Myer's extended visual joke—rendered in handsome, smartly composed watercolors—stays funny page after page, and that's no small feat. Delia avoids crossing from disgruntled to bratty, and the improbable visitors to her world generally take their fish-out-of-water status in stride (an ostrich zooms past Delia with a look bordering on hauteur). There's no explanation for why, say, a pirate is suddenly on the school bus, but he's there—why not enjoy the ride? Ages 6–8. Agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Patrice Russo Belotte
Nothing interesting or fun ever happens to Delia. She is quite convinced that her life is very dull and boring. In fact, she is so convinced about her lackluster life that it is all she can think about. Nothingness is all she can talk about. Her mind is so overwhelmed with the inactivity of her life that all it can do is process the same things over and over. She eats breakfast, walks to the bus stop, tries not fall asleep in class, rides her bike, maybe watches a movie, and that is about all there is going on for Delia. However, Delia's day is anything but boring; she just does not realize it. As Delia goes through the motions of her daily routine, she is forgetting to look and notice all of the excitement around her! As Delia takes the bus to school and rides her bike, she is missing the pirates, gorillas, tightrope walkers, and dinosaurs that are just beside her. Delia's story strikes a balance for Myer, as he showcases his artistic talent and storytelling. Delia's sarcastic perception seeps through this simple story, enhanced by each illustration. Myer's illustrations provide a greater text themselves and compliment the simplicity of Delia's innocent lack of awareness. A closer look at each illustration reveals the greater humor beyond Delia's tale—a Naval officer being chased by an ostrich and an astronaut making a pun out of a teacher's name will make the reader smile, turn back to the beginning, and read the story again. Reviewer: Patrice Russo Belotte
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Delia takes readers through her previous day, explaining all the ways in which it was so boring, but the art tells the real story. While she is eating her cereal, two elephants walk through her living room, but she is so busy worrying about spilling milk that she doesn't notice them. Instances like this happen on every page, giving readers glances at pirates, gorillas, aliens, hot-air balloons, and more. Myer integrates his text done in various fonts, sizes, and colors with his watercolor illustrations, making the words feel as though they are flowing into the pictures. This charming story with its hilarious art is perfect for group sharing. Children will love that they can see what Delia can't and will feel they've been let in on a secret. That device alone makes this a great book that will see lots of repeated readings.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
An amusing visual riff on the frequent refrain "nothing ever happens to me." Delia recounts the details of her incredibly dull yesterday. While her words describe a pedestrian day from breakfast to bedtime, the illustrations tell a completely different story. While Delia's eyes are either trained down on her cereal or a handheld device or looking straight ahead, lots of interesting things are happening around her. Delia complains, "NOTHING happened during my breakfast, except I spilled some milk." As she struggles with the milk, two elephants parade unseen down her hallway. Later, wildly shaped hot-air balloons float by while she checks her phone and waits for the bus. A pirate rides to school with her, and an astronaut floats by her math-class window while Delia doodles. The droll, first-person point of view carries the sarcastic, bored tone to its humorous extreme. The message could not be clearer: Look up and see the interesting world around you! This lesson is delivered in such a winning, funny package that it hardly seems like a lesson at all. Closer to Where's Waldo in their invitation to look closely than a pat lesson on awareness, these lively, cartoony illustrations offer many chortles per page and invite amused readers to return to find more "boring" details in Delia's life. Young readers will chuckle at Delia's cluelessness--and maybe think twice about their own assumptions. (Picture book. 4-9)

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Sleeping Bear Press
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9.42(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.36(d)
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4 - 6 Years

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Delia's Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Why I liked this book – I love how Delia is *that close* to having an interesting day – if only she’d just look around and pay attention! That is a part of what makes the book hilarious to me. The other part is that Delia looks almost EXACTLY like a classmate of mine! :) Mr. Myer has successfully written a book with a lot of humor, and teaching a lesson, without preaching it. The lesson is great – just look around and you’ll see all kinds of cool stuff going on. I love how Delia is walking to the bus-stop playing on a game console or something and totally missed the hot air balloons right above her or how she’s watching a TV show about aliens but misses that her house is actually invaded by aliens!  This is a great book for kids of all ages! After all, who hasn’t felt like Delia?  :D *NOTE - I Bought a copy of this book at a book festival
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the next res. Sorry this book was just added and messed it up.