In keeping with our Summertime Fun Giveaway, we have a couple of fun new things to share with you and, of course, to giveaway!
I recently received a copy of Let’s Do Nothing! (published by Candlewick Press) by Tony Fucile. The name didn’t ring any bells for me at first, but Fucile’s other works are certainly familiar. Fucile has worked on several animation projects such as The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. He is an incredibly talented artist and now presents us with his new book, Let’s Do Nothing! This is the story of two boys, Frankie and Sal, who really don’t know what to do with themselves. They’ve already played every sport ever invented, baked cookies and played every board game that they could find. Finally, they decide to do nothing. They discover that doing nothing is actually harder than doing something. The end result is, of course, that they decide to take their wild imaginations and DO SOMETHING! This is a really cute book and perfect for a summertime read (once the kids have decided that there’s nothing else to do and are bored). I thought this book was pretty clever and the illustrations are well-done and curious.
Secondly, you’ve heard me talk about Usborne books before and you’ll hear me talk about them again. (I really do love them.) Their books are wonderful and my son has enjoyed every exposure to them. I was delighted to discover that they offer things other than books, namely, 100 things for little children to do on a trip. Going on a trip? You’ll want these cards. There are 50 “wipe-clean cards” (with dry erase pen included) inside the box. Each card is two-sided and they offer a variety of activities, from mazes and dot-to-dot to creative drawing projects. Each card is bright and cheerful looking and covered with things that spark children’s imaginations and creativity: snakes, dragons, pirates, airplanes, robots and sea life explorations. The cards are sturdy and well-made – certainly deserving of the Usborne label. The cards are 6 inches long and less than 4 inches wide (and their storage box is just slightly bigger than that) making these cards easy to pack and carry with you wherever you go. They take up very little space while offering plenty of activities and ideas for things to do with children in contained spaces. Whether you are flying or driving somewhere this summer, or even if you just want to have these cards on hand for doctor visits or for during church when you are trying to keep wiggly children quiet in the pews, these cards are awesome! Easy to pack, easy to carry, easy to clean and easy to love. I HIGHLY recommend them!
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.
Because both Candlewick and Usborne are such amazingly cool and generous companies, they have each agreed to give away one of the above items to a 5 Minutes for Books reader. In order to win a copy of Let’s Do Nothing! and a package of 100 things for little children to do on a trip Activity Cards, all you need to do is leave a comment below. U.S. residents only.
Click on the banner above to enter our other Summer Fun Giveaways. All winners will be announced on June 11.
as a kid i was always bored, now my kids are LOL
Heather H says
We would love these for our road trips coming up later this summer!
How great are those.. I have been looking for new and different things to do this summer…
Would love to be entered – thanks!
My little nephews will enjoy this book and the activity cards will keep them busy on upcoming summer trips. Thank you for the fun give-away.
This would be great for my son!
with four little ones and lots of camping/car trips this summer, this looks perfect!
Jenny Martin says
I love it! My kids are always bored…so this will be just the book to read to them. And I love the idea behind the cards…I may have to sneak out to get those today!
Kathy D says
Summer fun….. I bet it has a lot of great ideas….
I would love these!
Christine Walker says
I would love to win this!
Erma H says
I would love the chance to win, thanks.
Sharon A says
Need this for the grandchildren.
Ali Hammons says
Looks like a lot of fun things included! Great Idea!
Kristyn Martin says
I would love to win this! We have a trip planned to go to Michigan this summer… which is a 12 hour drive with a 20 month old! Lord knows I could use these prizes on that trip!
Pamela S says
We always do long driving vacations each summer so these would be great to use on those trips. Anything to stop the “Are we almost there yet?” question. thanks.
Candis Hansen says
I could use this prize – I need help in trying to entertain a 4 old year.
We are taking a summer vacation and these books would be perfect!
This will definitely be useful. Thanks for the giveaway!
I could definetly use this with a three year old.
Cynthia Mercado says
These would be great for summer travelling.
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Bekki Lindner says
Thank you so much!! My kids would be so grateful!
Great for my kiddos!
This would be perfect for the boys, our drive to grandmas house is 3 1/2 hrs long. Thanks 🙂
Gabriel J. says
This would be great for my kids!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Colleen Yamamoto says
thanks for the chance!
This looks fun! Thanks for the giveaway!
Susan Ledet says
This would be great for my 3 nieces. We all could have fun with it.
The card set looks like something that would be great to have, when your taking a trip with a little one!
Mollie G. says
Wow — the best of several worlds… The kids’ menu (with crayons) at [pick your favorite family restaurant] and the dry-erase boards at school. AND a prime example of “ZEN Mind in Action” (i.e., learning about attempting to do Nothing, eh?)… Come on, random numbers!
Michelle H. says
These cards look great and I am sure my kids would enjoy them.
Angie O says
These look great – i’d love to try them!
This would be awesome entertainment for my daughter on drives to grandma’s house. She gets bored and drives me CRAZY!
Molly Capel says
I would love to win this!
What a wonderful treasure trove of ideas
Veronica Garrett says
My granddaughter would enjoy these cards.
kathy pease says
Thanks for the GREAT giveaway
please count me in 🙂
Leslie S. says
My kids have been out of school for less than 2 weeks and I am aleady hearing how they are bored. I think the cards may give us some new ideas.Thanks!
dorothy l says
Please enter me in the book giveaway
Jennifer M says
My daughter would be thrilled with these, please enter me.
Brittany Rebello says
This is so cool!
this will be perfect for our upcoming road trip
Please enter me 🙂
Lily Kwan says
Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!
Perfect for our grand daughter, thanks!
israel y says
awesome! Thanks for another great giveaway.