The Boring Book

Author(s): Vasanti Unka

Picture Books

When the words in a tedious tome decide that life is just too dull, they escape. The world will never be the same again. The words jump into street signs, they leap onto shop signs, they decorate pathways and roadways and ponds. But one day they go too far...Award-winning illustrator Vasanti Unka has created a picture book complete with lift-the-flap inserts which is as ingenious as it is delightful. The Boring Book explores the importance of books and words in a fun and imaginative way. Children and adults alike will love it. The Boring Book is NOT a boring book.


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Winner - New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category 2014.

Finalist: New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014

"A remarkable book that exceeds any expectations of its genre. It exhibits the highest quality of design and its presentation is thoroughly original. The story takes delightful unexpected turns that charm afresh with each reading. Small children and older readers alike will be delighted by its subversive touches and entertained by its warmth and fun. The risks taken by the author perfectly illustrate the dangers of being careless with those powerful things words. For a long time to come, a well-loved companion for readers of all ages is sure to be"The Boring Book."" Judges' Report, "New Zealand Post"Book Awards for Children and Young Adults"

Vasanti Unka is a designer and illustrator based in Auckland. She is the illustrator of The Bean's Story, which was a 2008 Storylines notable book, and Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn. Hill & Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It won the LIANZA Russell Clarke award the same year and was also the first children's book to win the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards.

General Fields

  • : 9780143505754
  • : Penguin Group (NZ)
  • : Puffin
  • : June 2013
  • : 280x230mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 32
  • : Colour
  • : Vasanti Unka
  • : Hardback
  • : 1013