A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows ways kids can be imaginative.
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.
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.
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.
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