Let's Do Nothing!

Let's Do Nothing!

by Tony Fucile


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“A hilarious debut told mainly through the zany artwork. . . . The pictures capture the universality of the moment.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? With a wink to the reader and a command of visual humor, feature-film animator Tony Fucile demonstrates the Zen-like art of doing nothing . . . oops! Couldn’t do it!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763652692
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 768,075
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tony Fucile has spent over twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous cartoon feature fi lms, including THE LION KING, FINDING NEMO, and THE INCREDIBLES, for which he was a supervising animator. LET'S DO NOTHING! is his first book. Tony Fucile lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Let's Do Nothing! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Rita_Lot More than 1 year ago
A great addition to any story teller's library. I love reading this book to a class for a read aloud. The kids can't stop laughing. Wonderful read for children of any age. We all have memories of trying to play the quiet game, but this book takes it to the next level. If you're a teacher its great to introduce the comprehension skill - inferring. If you're a parent a great book, especially if you are trying to find a book that dad could read with the kids.
ander23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations add so much more creativity to the text. I found the book to show how imagination can be fun and exciting. 4.5 stars.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two boys think they've done everything there is to do; before lapsing into boredom, they decide to try one new thing - doing nothing. Soon the discover it's impossible, as their "nothing" inevitabley becomes "something" due to wild flights of imagination. What stands out are the illustrations which are very cartoony in nature. The concept of the book almost reminds me of that old looney toon with the very imaginative boy who couldn't concentrate in school and was always imagining daring adventures! I also think the large format and the closeup illustrations really add to the feeling of movement and excitement in the artwork. Seems like it would make a great cartoon! It's a pretty good book, though, too. ;)
jdieder104 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful friendship between two boys Frankie and Sal. They have played all day, and now have nothing to do. So, they come up with a game to sit and do nothing. However, they are unable to keep still. Fun book that made me laugh. Great colors and animation.
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book where two kids challenge themselves to do nothing when they can't think of anything new to do. The pictures are fantastic and hilarious as one of the kids keeps trying to do nothing but keeps freaking out. The book does a good job showing the kids emotions of frustration, excitement, and fright as they do everything possible not to do something.
EdenGarden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Best pals, Frankie and Sal, are two lovable boys exhausted from a full day of engaging activities: sports, reading, baking, playing board games. Sal says to Frankie, ¿I think we¿ve done it all. We¿ve¿painted more pictures in a day than Van Gogh did in a lifetime.¿ Frankie moans in agreement. The older child Sal devises a brilliant plan to doing nothing for ten seconds, and both boys try their best at this game. ¿We can pretend we¿re a couple of those statues you see in the park. You know, the ones carved out of stone and stuff.¿ Inky cartoon-like illustrations and bold pencil lines capture the rollicking movement of these lively boys. Sal¿s pretend play suggestions as a statue, a redwood tree and the Empire State building produces different results for Frankie. He imagines pigeons landing on him in the park, a dog peeing on him as a Redwood tree and King Kong crawling up him as the Empire State Building. In a last attempt to be the King of Nothing Doers, Frankie can go on no longer holding his breath and wizened Sal realizes the secret to doing nothing is something. Frankie agrees and zoom, off they go again TO DO SOMETHING! There is large boldface font that accompany each character¿s speech. Wordless pictures with humorous appeal appear in a two-page layout. Young readers will be entertained by these illustrations. Suited for a read-aloud to primary school children.
Robert_P More than 1 year ago
A fun book that shows how kids' excitement and imagination can make "nothing" interesting.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Frankie and Sal are worn out.  They have painted copious masterpieces, read all their comics, played all their board games and every sport ever invented, baked enough cookies to feed a small country, and on and on and on, to the point of exhaustion.  So now what can they do?  Their brilliant minds come up with this novel idea. They challenge themselves to do absolutely NOTHING for ten seconds.  Can they do it?  Is it a realistic, attainable goal for two bored and hyperactive little guys?  Well not for these two.  They drag out two chairs for the event and try to quiet themselves.  They try, they really do, but Frankie's imagination kicks in and that's when the fun kicks in too.  The boys play statue...."carved out of stone and stuff," but Frankie imagines pigeons landing all over him and as he shoos them away, well,  that sure messes up that plan.  They play stoic, stationary redwood trees, but a dog happens alongs and you know what happens when a dog sidles up close to a tree.....yep....your right....that happens.  As a last ditch effort they imagine to be fixed, rooted sky-scraper buildings.  That should work.  Building can't move. They should be safe with that scenario.  But wait... once again Frankie sees a great big old hairy hand coming up the side of his pretend Empire State Building and who should appear but King Kong himself.  EEkkkkk....time to run......... Frucile's illustrations are expressive and his back ground in animation takes the pictures to a whole new level of interest and entertainment for the reader.  He adds humour and fun to his pictures by incorporating each boys presence by a set of eyes and of course, Frankie's glasses.  So what is the moral of the story?  It's hard to do nothing....harder than doing something, so what the heck, something it is!!!!
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ShinyShoes More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute book I loved reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh. It illustrates just how imaginative kids can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tony has brought me back to those wonderful days of my childhood. Great for all ages. Looking forward to seeing more of Frankie and Sal.