Let's Do Nothing!
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Let's Do Nothing!

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by Tony Fucile

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Don’t move! A master of animation explores the elusive art of doing nothing in this comical tale of two very active imaginations.

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they


Don’t move! A master of animation explores the elusive art of doing nothing in this comical tale of two very active imaginations.

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they act like stone statues in the park? Can they simply hold their breath and not blink an eye? With a wink to the reader and a command of visual humor, feature film animator Tony Fucile demonstrates the Zen-like art of doing nothing...oops! Couldn’t do it!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
On the first page we meet Sal and Frankie, lying down and wondering what to do next. On the next double-page, they review the things they have already done, from ball and game playing to baking and reading. The title is their decision: "Let's do nothing!" Figuring out how to do nothing fills the following pages with loads of laughs. They try sitting still like stone statues in the park. An imaginary plague of pigeons ends that. When they pretend to be redwoods, Sal's dog lifts his leg on Frankie. Making like the Empire State Building attracts King Kong to Frankie's glasses. They finally conclude, "There is no way to do nothing," and off they go to do "something." The boys are a couple of lively cartoon characters behaving like typical kids. Ink drawings with colored pencil and smoothly applied acrylic paints keep the comedy flowing, supported by the use of large type that occasionally explodes, dragging us with them. Readers could have a good time trying do their own versions of "nothing." Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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
Kirkus Reviews
Two boys, having exhausted all other entertainments (they've "played every sport ever invented...baked enough cookies to feed a small country...read every comic book," and so on), decide to do absolutely nothing. Sal and Frankie set themselves up in chairs for the enterprise, but Frankie's imagination gets the better of him. Told to pretend he's a statue "carved out of stone and stuff," he imagines pigeons alighting all over his granite body and madly starts shooing them away. He tries to imagine himself as a redwood, but a dog lifts his leg on him; as the Empire State Building, he finds King Kong clinging to his roof. Fucile renders his characters against a blue-washed bedroom background, the imaginary sequences in full color with each boy visible as a set of eyes (in Frankie's case, glasses) staring at the reader out of statue, tree trunk or building. His background in animation makes itself felt in the dialogue-based text and exquisite sense of pacing and visual humor. Sal and Frankie's conclusion-that doing nothing is a lot harder than it looks-will ring true with readers young and old. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Candlewick Press
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9.90(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.60(d)
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4 - 8 Years

Meet 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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Let's Do Nothing! 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Rita_Lot More than 1 year ago
A great addition to any story teller's library. I love reading this book to a class for a read aloud. The kids can't stop laughing. Wonderful read for children of any age. We all have memories of trying to play the quiet game, but this book takes it to the next level. If you're a teacher its great to introduce the comprehension skill - inferring. If you're a parent a great book, especially if you are trying to find a book that dad could read with the kids.
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ShinyShoes More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute book I loved reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh. It illustrates just how imaginative kids can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tony has brought me back to those wonderful days of my childhood. Great for all ages. Looking forward to seeing more of Frankie and Sal.