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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1–Fucile makes a hilarious debut with this picture book. After playing all kinds of games, reading comic books, and baking enough cookies to feed a small country, two boys agree to do nothing for 10 seconds. When Sal, the older child, tells Frankie that they are going to sit in chairs and pretend to be statues in the park, the younger boy's imagination runs wild and ruins the moment. He envisions a flock of pigeons clustering about his stony self and shoos them away. This only frustrates Sal, who tries again and again to think of ways for the two of them to remain absolutely still. Frankie is unable to get this right, always imagining something that causes him to move, from a small dog relieving himself on the boy's giant redwood self or King Kong climbing his Empire State Building self and stealing his eyeglasses. In the end, when Frankie can no longer hold his breath or keep from blinking, Sal gives up. Relieved, Frankie has a suggestion. The story is told mainly through the zany artwork. Clear, cartoonlike illustrations alternate between generous spreads and vignettes set on white backgrounds. Done in ink, colored pencil, and acrylic, the pictures capture the universality of the moment through the boys' animated body language, Sal's imperious glances, and Frankie's increasing exasperation.–Adrienne Wilson, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe, CT
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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763634409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763634407
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best friends Frankie and Sal have played every board game they own, read all their comic books, baked enough cookies to feel slightly sick and are now stumped as to what to attack next. They decide to do ... nothing. The plan is to sit perfectly still, no moving, no talking. And how does it go? Hilariously, thanks to Frankie and his over-active imagination.

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.
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Frankie and Sal did about everything under the sun one day. They played all kinds of sports. Football, baseball . . . that's enough. They "painted more pictures in a day than van Gogh did in a lifetime." Nuff. They baked so many cookies that Frankie was starting to look positively sick from eating so many. Nuff. They played board games. Your turn to spin. Nuff. They lay on their backs reading stacks `n stacks of comic books. Nuff. All of a sudden Sal had a novel idea and turned to Frankie with widened eyes and yelled, "let's do nothing!" The only problem was how do you do that in a room full of junk? Oh, and don't forget the Chihuahua!

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.
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This is such a wonderful book! Even if there were no words this book would be a winner! The illustrations come to life and have so much personality. Looking forward to many adventures with these two very enduring characters.
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Cute book! I use it for therapy with kids with social learning challenges. Especially ones that often say "nothing" in response to questions that are asked of them. It's a fun way to put a spin on such a boring and vague word!
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I used this book in a first grade classroom to practice doing nothing after benchmark testing. I created a board game for it as well, we charted ideas of how we could "do nothing" so we wouldn't disturb others. Recommended to introduce ways to be silent and respectful while others finish testing.
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My 6 year old fell in love with this book! After he checked it out from the library for 3 weeks in a row we decided to make it part of our permanent collection. I would recommend to hardback, but for the cost this softback is pretty great!
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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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