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!
In honour of Summer I thought I’d talk about Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile. It’s a story which captures that Summer feeling especially in the moments when our kids are saying: “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” on the 2nd day of Summer. Frank and Sal have created a new goal, and have challenged themselves to do nothing for 10 seconds. Not blink, move, hold their breath. Their imaginations take hold and Sal seems incapable of “doing nothing” often with hilarious results. The illustrations are bold and bright and kids will enjoy watching the visual clues as to what is coming next as you turn the pages. A fabulous read aloud which works well for any age, though the school-age group will offer the most giggles. I usually pair it with a simple game of freeze dance or statue.