Thursday, April 7, 2011

Let's Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile

Book Jacket

Meet Frankie and Sal, two boys who've done it all.  They've played every board game.  They've read every comic book.  They've painted a zillion pictures. 

What's left to do?

Just when it seems they will collapse from boredom, Sal gets a brilliant idea.  What about doing nothing?

But is it possible--can two boys do ten whole seconds of nothing?

Hold your breath and get ready for this laugh-out-loud romp created by feature film animator and debut picture-book artist Tony Fucile.


I remember having the "What do you want to do?"  "I dunno, what do you want to do?" conversation many a time with friends, but I don't think we ever decided to do nothing.  Probably that would have cured our boredom, if Sal and Frankie are an example to go by.

I loved this book because it proved that the imagination cannot be stopped by something as simple as doing nothing.  It's when we try to shut our brains off that the best ideas come into being, whether it's realizing King Kong is climbing up our side or pigeons are roosting on our head.

But the my favorite part of Let's Do Nothing is the illustrations.  Tony Fucile worked as an animator for Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles, and his expertise shows.  The pictures are effortlessly emotive.  I would probably use some of the pages for wall art.  Okay, maybe not, but I did love them a lot.

Five out of five overactive imaginations.

Release Date:  May 2009
Reading Level:  Grade K+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  MONARCH

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