Hand: Keep busy by reading a book
By Lucy Hand Reasons to Read October 11, 2013 4:04PM
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:40AM
I am hyper. I do not “sit” well. I carry a book at all times. Really.
So I fell in love with Frankie in Tony Fucile’s “Let’s Do Nothing!”
In the prologue, we meet Sal and Frankie, two boys who have done it all!
They have played every sport, every board game, read every (comic) book, baked and more. Then Sal has an idea.
Since they can’t think of anything else to do, they should do nothing. The contest starts.
First, they pretend they are statues in the park. It goes OK until Frankie loses it chasing the pigeons away.
They try being redwoods in the forest until Frankie loses it because Sal’s dog is using him as a hydrant. They try being the Empire State Building until Frankie is “climbed by King Kong.”
Sal tries all kinds of things to get Frankie to be still. It just doesn’t work very well. I know just how Frankie feels.
Then the eureka moment arrives. Sal announces that it is impossible. “We can never do NOTHING!”
We leave the boys high tailing it out of the room declaring their intention to DO SOMETHING! I’m in complete agreement.
Since you are now looking for something to do, don’t miss “Dinosaurology.” Subtitled “Search for a Lost World,” this is based on the journal of Colonel P.H. Fawcett of his discovery of a lost world of dinosaurs many years ago.
People also live on the island and are most helpful to the explorers. Colonel Fawcett disappears and the journal, which had been since to a sponsor has kept hidden for many years.
The book is full of flaps to lift and envelops to open as you explore the island of Yannapalu. The story combines facts about dinosaurs and prehistoric times with the methods of exploration.
We leave our story with a news article about a volcanic explosion in the Pacific. Is that where the island was? Is that why Colonel Fawcett did not return?
Not one of my favorite things, “Bugs,” brought to us by George McGavin, is a spectacular pop-up look at “Insects, Spiders and Other Creepy-Crawlies.”
We begin with a listing of the various types of bugs and their basic parts. I learned that scorpions, shrimp and crabs are not bugs but are in the arthropod family as well, under Crustaceans. (I may have to rethink eating crab and shrimp.)
We learn how important bugs are to our world, even if we don’t like them very much. We know about bees but some other bugs eat pests, eat dead flesh, eat rotting stuff and even give us the most beautiful fabric in the world, silk.
You have to remember that if the bugs didn’t eat the dead stuff, we would be living on it.
Mr. McGavin brings us a two-page spread of his favorites and there are some humdingers here. I really don’t want to meet the deadliest fat-tailed scorpion.
Flaps and pull tabs join the pop-ups to keep your attention. At least they aren’t real so you don’t have to worry about that.