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How to Do Nothing With Nobody All Alone By Yourself

Author: Robert Paul Smith
Illustrator: Elinor Goulding Smith
Publisher: Tin House Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-9820539-5-9
Pages: 130
Price: $14.95

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Remember the days before TV and video games? Were you outdoors a lot, making things that were fun to play with? Did you split polly-noses to get to the sticky stuff inside, and then put them on your nose? (I did.) Did you make handkerchief parachutes? And did you play mumbly-peg?

Robert Paul Smith remembers the cool things he did as a kid by himself, and he has put them in writing for today’s kids to enjoy. But there is one very important rule — you can’t ask for help when you make these items. They’re to be done entirely by yourself. The only exceptions to this rule are you’re allowed to look things up in the library (it’s encouraged), and you have to ask your mom first before you borrow her sewing supplies. Well, there is another exception – if you want to show a friend, that’s also allowed.

In a conversational style with illustrations, Smith shares these nifty things he did as a kid, the way a dad would share them with his son. Although many of these would strongly appeal to boys, girls may also find them interesting and enjoyable.

Being alone can be lonely at times, but not when you have something fun to do. How to Do Nothing With Nobody All Alone By Yourself provides the ideas to stimulate the imagination, leading to hours of solitary pleasure. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to have some creative fun by himself.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 17, 2010 - Posted by | children

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