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Boredom Blasters

Brain Bogglers, Awesome Activities, Cool Comics, Tasty Treats, and More…

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by Claudia Dávila

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
General, Puzzles
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2004
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


This delightful treasury of games, jokes, magic tricks, optical illusions, word and number puzzles, comic strips, facts, recipes, crafts, and activities is 160 pages of guaranteed fun! Boredom Blasters delivers hours and hours of entertainment for young readers. The perfect size for tossing into a backpack, Boredom Blasters gives readers a broad range of things to do with their heads or their hands, alone, or out loud with friends or family. The ingenious contemporary design and lighthearted tone of the writing will instantly grab readers’ attention. They’ll be hooked: challenging themselves with brilliant brain teasers, exploring the world through mind-boggling facts, trying their hand at making tasty treats, performing astounding magic tricks, and other amusing activities, or building friendships and laughing with their pals through wacky games and silly storytimes. Kids will be puzzling, baking, cutting and pasting, laughing, thinking, and sharing in their own world of fun created with Boredom Blasters!

About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

Helaine Becker's profile page


CLAUDIA DÁVILA a été directrice artistique des magazines Chirp et ChickaDEE, en plus d’être l’auteure-illustratrice de la série de bandes dessinées primées The Future According to Luz et de l’album Super Red Riding Hood. Elle a également illustré l’ouvrage percutant et multi récompensé Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War de Michel Chikwanine et Jessica Dee Humphreys, ainsi que Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book de Marthe Jocelyn et Richard Scrimger. Claudia est née à Santiago, au Chili, et vit maintenant à Toronto avec sa famille.


Claudia Dávila is the former art director of Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, and is the author-illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series The Future According to Luz and the picture book Super Red Riding Hood. Claudia illustrated the powerful and multi-award-winning book Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys, Viminy Crowe's Comic Book by Marthe Jocelyn and Richard Scrimger and The Canadian Kids Guide to Outdoor Fun by Helaine Becker. Claudia was born in Santiago, Chile, and lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

Claudia Dávila's profile page


  • Winner, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Commended, Chapters/Indigo, Best of the Year
  • Commended, Book Sense, Children's Picks List

Editorial Reviews

A treasury of games, jokes, magic tricks, optical illusions, word and number puzzles, comic strips, recipes and crafts — the result is guaranteed fun.

Our Choice

This overstuffed collection of diversion breaks down into four sections...there’s so much on offer that every reader will find something new...High-energy layouts saturated with contrasting colors sport lively computer-generated art, further brightening up dull times...

The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

This kid-friendly book is chock full of amusing things to do…A great choice for beating the rainy-day doldrums.

School Library Journal

How did so much fun get into one book?

North Bay Nugget

Dávila's illustrations, short on white space and big on color, breathe energy and excitement into the pages. Overall, Boredom Blasters is a portable entertainment center guaranteed to provide hours of fun...

Canadian Children's Book News

The varied assortment of tricks, jokes, puzzles, games and candy recipes in Boredom Blasters will help kids turn a snow day into an event. Many of the puzzles rely on logic, so they give the brain a workout while providing fun.

Today’s Parent

Learn something new on every page with brain bogglers, awesome activities, funny jokes, cool comics, crazy recipes and much more.

Bang Zone

Helaine Becker has compiled one-hundred-and-sixty pages of FUN! This easy-to-take-along book is a must for any family. Brilliant!

Kaboose Network

This is a flashy, eye-catching book packed with puzzles, jokes, trivia, and creative activity ideas for kids of all ages. Turn off the TV and tune into Boredom Blasters!

Cathleen Zehms, Dave's Book Center (Green Bay, WI) for Book Sense

...full of fun activities, games, recipes, jokes and comics that children in Grades 4 to 7 will enjoy...Silliness and fun are the highlights of this book, but it also contains many educational activities.

Lethbridge Herald

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