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Let's Do Nothing! Hardcover – May 12, 2009
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Sal is the mastermind behind this non-activity and explains how they will undertake doing nothing. They will pretend to be stone statues, the type typically seen in a park. This is a good idea, until Frankie's imagination invents a pigeon or twelve. He nearly falls off his chair by shooing the offenders with his vigorous arm flailing. That's okay, Frankie has a better idea. They will pretend to be two giant redwood trees in the middle of the forest. No pigeons there. There may be no pigeons, but there is a little dog who mistakes Frankie's tree for a fire hydrant, if you catch my drift.
The boys continue on this way, with Sal brainstorming and Frankie's inability to carry out the plan. His vibrant imagination makes it terribly difficult to sit still, even while pretending to be a statue or a building. Even if he could sit perfectly still as a regular person, he's still blinking and breathing. The boys come to the sudden realization that ... it's impossible to do nothing. And if that is impossible, well, they might as well do something!
The illustrations are incredibly clever and attractive. The way the boys are drawn cracks me up. The brains of the duo is skinny little Sal, clad in a red and white striped shirt and classic retro sneakers. His faithful follower Frankie is a foot shorter, with thick black rimmed glasses and his stomach perpetually peeping out from underneath his t-shirt.Read more ›
They were going to sit on chairs and not move. "Not an inch. Not a fraction of an inch. Zero movement. NOTHING." They pretended to be statues in the park until Frankie imagined 101 pigeons on his body and had to shoo them away. That wasn't going to work. Next the boys tried to be a couple of giant redwood trees. Hey, wait a minute. Sal imagined that the Chi was trying to pee on him. That wasn't going to work. Sal told Frankie he could imagine being the Empire State Building. "Yeah." Then there was a big hairy hand starting up the side of the building. Looked like King Kong was gonna get Frankie! Did anyone really think that two busy boys could actually sit on a couple of chairs in a room full of good junk and actually DO nothing?
If you've ever had a couple of busy boys in your house and asked them to cut it out, sit still or take a little time out you'd better get ready for Frankie and Sal. I loved the busy, smiled at the quiet (at least they tried), cringed at the tape on the walls, laughed at that Chihuahua and fell in love with the boys.Read more ›
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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