Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:
Title: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because …
Author: Davide Cali
Illustrator: Benjamin Chaud
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC, 2014
Suitable for ages: 6-9
Theme/Topic: Homework, Fantasy
Opening Spread: “So, wh
y didn’t you do your homework?” [Teacher character asks]
[Boy] “I didn’t do my homework because … An airplane full of monkeys landed in our yard.”
Brief Synopsis: (from Amazon) How many excuses are there for not doing homework? Let us count the ways: Giant lizards invaded the neighborhood. Elves hid all the pencils. And then there was that problem with carnivorous plants…. The excuses go on and on, each more absurd than the next and escalating to hilarious heights. Featuring detail-rich illustrations by Benjamin Chaud, this book is guaranteed to amuse kids and their parents, not to mention anyone who has experienced a slacker student moment—and isn’t that everyone?
Resources: There is a companion book called I Didn’t Do My Homework Because … Doodle Book of Excuses. Homework tips from Scholastic.
Why I Like This Book: Homework can be a struggle. This book offers a number of fantasies on why one’s homework isn’t finished. We’ve had fun reading this book and thinking about all the fun ways to explain why homework is not completed. Of course, at the end of the week, the reality is that homework is complete.
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Cathy Ballou Mealey says
Gosh – love that cover!
So good I had recommended it too! Another companion is his other book, a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School. Great pick!
Sue Heavenrich says
Cute concept – reminds me of another book called something like 1001 excuses… My hope is that enlightened elementary school teachers will quit giving homework and tell kids to go outside and play, splash in puddles, climb a tree, help turtles cross the road, teach their old dogs new tricks, create magic shows, shoot baskets, fly kites, go sledding…
Beth Anderson says
Sounds fun! No doubt teachers will be hearing these excuses and more!
Charlotte Dixon says
Thank you for the review Stacy 🙂 I’m going to read this book-sounds like me in many ways-LOL
Patricia Nozell says
A great post for the start of the school year.
I wish little kids who would have this read to them DIDN’t know the concept of homework but sadly they do so this is a fun way to diffuse it!
This sounds like so much fun!
Susanna Leonard Hill says
Love the concept! And the excuses! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this one, Stacy!
Diane Tulloch says
This sounds like a hilarious read for kids and adults. Perfect for PPBF.
Jilanne Hoffmann says
Can’t believe I thought that my son had written the book on why he hadn’t done his homework…I’ve got to check this one out and have my son read it.