Picture Book Spotlight: Let’s Do Nothing

June 10, 2009 @ 8:08 pm | Filed under: Books, Picture Book Spotlight


Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile (Candlewick, 2009).

On July 24th, many unschoolers (and others) will celebrate “Learn Nothing Day.” It’s a tongue-in-cheek sort of holiday, the point being that it’s impossible to live a day of your life without learning something.

Well, I’ve just found the perfect picture book to read on Learn Nothing Day. Except, darn it, what if we learn something from the book?

Ah, it doesn’t matter. I’ll never be able to wait until July to share this with my gang, anyway.

Frankie and Sal are two small boys of the very busy sort. They’ve done it all—played all the games there are to play, baked all the cookies, read all the comic books. In a quest for something new to do, they hit upon the notion of doing nothing at all. Nothing. “Zero movement. NOTHING.”

Good luck with that, fellas.

Sal gets off to a strong start, suggesting they sit still as the stone statues in the park. Frankie’s game, but…statues attract pigeons, don’t they? Who can do nothing when there are pigeons to shoo?

I love it when a book actually makes me giggle out loud. Frankie’s expressions are priceless, especially when he’s being a giant redwood or the Empire State Building. Writer/illustrator Tony Fucile has a gift for visual punchline—which stands to reason, considering his background; Fucile is an animator whose credits include such films as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant, and The Lion King.

Well, in the end the boys discover it’s as impossible to DO NOTHING as it is to LEARN NOTHING. So I take it back. I don’t recommend reading this book for Learn Nothing Day after all—just like Frankie and Sal, you might accidentally learn something from the experience.

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8 Responses | | Comments Feed

  1. I love it! That’s hilarious. And I wholeheartedly agree. 🙂

  2. I went and ordered two copies, one to give away. But I plan to read it before Learn Nothing Day. I’m going to have enough problems keeping myself still and thought-free that day!

  3. There’s a HUGE window display for this book in the kids book shop I often pass on the bus. Every time the bus zooms by I want to hop off and read the book! Someday I will…

  4. Oooh, sounds like a fun one!

  5. Sounds like a good book! Love the concept!

  6. And today there were major bus problems and I did get off right in front of the book store and checked out the book. Fantastic!!

  7. […] for a fake credit card Rilla is desperately seeking, and listened to half a dozen extracts from Let’s Do Nothing, whose art Rilla correctly identified as the work of Bink and Gollie illustrator Tony Fucile based […]

  8. […] Let’s Do Nothing—another repeat favorite. She loves Tony Fucile’s art, loves to compare the expressions of the do-nothing boys to Bink and Gollie. […]