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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Let's Do Nothing!

Let's Do Nothing!

Fall 2009 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
Author: Tony Fucile
Illustrator: Tony Fucile
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763634407
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:
In a world oddly (but refreshingly) devoid of both television and video games, two boys are BORED. They've tried every sport, painted every picture, baked every cookie, played every board game, read every comic book. So what's left? Nothing! And that's exactly what they decide to do. Needless to say, it turns out to be much harder than they bargained for. Pretending to be statues in the park leads to an attack of (imaginary) pigeons. Pretending to be a redwood invites the real family dog to (imaginarily) lift his leg. Pretending to be the Empire State Building invites a visit from an (imaginary) King Kong. And so it goes-each attempt leading to further entertainment until the two pals stumble on a truism: you "can never do nothing!" Undaunted, they raise their hands to the heavens in triumph and shout "LET'S DO SOMETHING!" and promptly vanish from the scene. Tony Fucile's uncluttered cartoon renditions of Frankie and Sal, two goofy guys whose t-shirts don't quite meet their waistbands and whose heads look like blond and red haystacks, add just the right punch to this slight but engaging tale told entirely through dialogue.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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