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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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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