Let's Do Nothing

Book review by
Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Fun book about combating boredom; great for lazy afternoons.

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age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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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 & Representations

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

Violence & Scariness

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bybrady.tosh.o March 8, 2010
i loved this book a very funny book
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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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.

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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