Let's Do Nothing

Common Sense Media says

Fun book about combating boredom; great for lazy afternoons.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Shows ways kids can be imaginative.

Positive messages

Two friends play well together and, when they have done everything they can imagine, they try to come up with new ways to do nothing. 

Positive role models

The kids are creative and try to come up with interesting ways to pass the time.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this may be the perfect book to inspire kids who complain that they have nothing to do. 

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What's the story?

After playing every sport and board game, painting, reading, baking cookies, and so on, two boys decide to do nothing, and they find out just how difficult that can be. Sal has helpful ideas, but Frankie just cannot pull it off.

Is it any good?


Doing nothing is harder than it looks. Most kids who read this book will agree, and they will enjoy seeing just how hard these two boys try. The format is simple: Sal comes up with an idea and sets the stage. Frankie has problems. They pretend to be statues, but pigeons land all over Frankie. They try standing as still as trees in a forest, but a dog comes along and marks Frankie's tree. Together they are a real comedy team, and kids will love the humor.

The illustrations, which look a bit like Dennis the Menace cartoons, bring the bit to life. Done in ink, colored pencil, and acrylic on watercolor paper, they will appeal to kids who like cartoon-type animation.  LET'S DO NOTHING is a fun book to give kids a few new ideas about how to fill lazy afternoons.

Cartooning is brightly colored and playfully expressive.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kinds of things they like to do with their friends. What games do you play? How do you decide?

  • What did you think of Sal's ideas? Which one did you like best? Is pretending to be a statue, a building, or a tree really doing nothing? What kinds of problems did Frankie have? Why?

  • Can you do nothing for 10 seconds?

Book details

Author:Tony Fucile
Illustrator:Tony Fucile
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Publication date:May 12, 2009
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4
Read alone:7

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Parent of a 11 year old Written bybrady.tosh.o March 8, 2010
i loved this book a very funny book
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byGoss Family February 8, 2010

Perfect read for any child who wants a good laugh.

My son and I loved it! We both laughed and enjoyed this book.
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Parent of a 2, 4, and 6 year old Written bynthnswmn November 24, 2009


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