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How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Make a burr basket, indoor boomerang, pin-pianos, polly-nose, cut little squares on a pencil, and make blades of grass squeak

    Disclosure: my dad wrote this book. I know everything in it really works, because my brother and I tested them all when he was writing it, while our mom did the illustrations. That was back in 1958, but polly-noses and pin pianos and that thing with no name you make with a wishbone and a matchstick and chewing gum that sits quietly on the table and then startles everyone by suddenly jumping into the air, all work just as well as ever.

    In a web posting, environmental writer Brad Hurley said "Probably my favorite how-to book is Robert Paul Smith's 'How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself.' It's an instruction book for projects and games that kids can do by themselves... Smith writes exactly as if he were an older kid explaining this stuff to a younger kid. No condescension, exactly the right tone, and a judicious use of drawings. I remember loving this book when I was about 8 years old, and I love it now at 45."

    By the way, it cost $2.95 in 1958 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics website says that's the same buying power as $22.05 today, so at $11.21 I think you could call it a bargain. Yes, that's for a hardbound, not a paperback, which is a good thing because you might want to keep this book around for a while.

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