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When a restless red-headed boy proclaims: "Nothing ever happens around here " (And who hasn't heard that complaint at home?), he kicks a can and sets into motion a series of wonderfully hilarious slapstick events that happen behind him--and because of him. With elephants on parade, pirates around every corner, pies flying, and oranges on the loose, Rosenthal creates an adv...more
Published June 26th 2007 by HarperCollins
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The Library Lady
Pictures look like a blend of Lois Lenski, H.G. Rey and Virginia Lee Burton. And the action is reminiscent of those old Popeye cartoons where "Sweepea" the baby used to crawl along, happily oblivious to every danger that he narrowly escaped. Add the rich array of sound effects, and you've got a winner. Perfect for older picture book readers and for kids who think that they're too old for picture books.
The Book Maven
”Nothing ever happens around here,” sighs the little boy the beginning of the story, as he kicks a can in frustration and stalks his way around town. Maybe if he paid more attention to what was going on around him, however , he’d see that there’s a LOT happening, starting when he kicked the can—which flew into the tree, and hit the cat, who fell out of the tree, and was chased by a dog and disrupted a zoo…there’s very little text beyond the boy’s gripes and the various sound effects which are ju...more
Our hero is one bored kid. There is absolutely nothing going on around him so with an outraged, "PHOOEY!" he kicks an empty can of cat food. A can that, in turn, hits a cat upside the head, causing it to flump to the ground and be chased by a dog. As dog and cat run into a nearby zoo the boy meets up with a friend and complains loudly about the lack of excitement going on. "Nothing ever happens around here! No Way! No How!" Of course, his back is to most of the crazy stuff that's going on. An el...more
Ashley Stone
I’m not completely sure what this book is about other than the idea that a little boy is bored with his town. He kicks a can at the beginning which leads us as the readers through a chain of events that follow. The little boy walks around town without realizing that one kick of a can could make so much happen. I think this story would only be fun for an infant for the pure reason of noise-making. The caregiver should be creative when reading this book and perhaps the baby will smile or make happ...more
mostly wordless -- the kind of book that gets looked through one time and then not again; best for age 9+ to appreciate the humor and what's really going on; my kitten-loving son did like the ending
Like, but not for storytime.
Feb 02, 2014 Relyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at the library
Shelves: lawsonland
My rating is actually four and a half stars. I adored the look of this book. Really loved it. It's one of those children's books that looks as though it were planned by a graphic designer - gorgeous.

Classroom Connection
Writers' Workshop - book design, use of white space, use of environmental print, onomatopoeia
Larry Carter
this book can your actions have reactions, Even if you don't see it something is going on, if you do not pay attention you can miss so much. the math part you can ask the children how many.reactions happened or have them add subtract or compare and.contrast the number of.things going on per page
Heather Bowden
This book has very little words. It is a good book to have the students use their imagination to write about what he could be doing instead of walking around bored. It kept repeating "There's nothing to do!" And it had a lot of sound effects that could be made for what was going on in the book.
Aug 02, 2007 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Picture Book; ages 6+
Shelves: picture-book
Though this is a short low text book theres lot of stuff going on. I love that he misses everything going on around him and that he has not interest in looking around. Each page builds bigger and bigger all the time. The pirates are my favorite cause they are totally up to something.
Lauren Richards
Boy complains about nothing ever happening, and misses the craziness the pictures show that is going on all around him. Full of onomatopoeia.
Rosenthal's story is full of ridiculous pictures of absurd happenings in a town where "nothing happens." Unfortunately the main character is not very likeable.
Carrie Gelson
So many details to explore in a book with old fashioned feel. Love the message that you are bound to find boredom when you are convinced it is there.
My four year old loves this book! Fantastic comic style story. The pictures are simple, but still manage to have a lot going on.
Nothing special.
The stylized illustrations were fun, though.
But not special.
Quite a bit less than special, actually.
Watch what's going on around you! This book has a very madcap, retro feel and is a nice study in drawing action!
Adrienne Furness
A boy is too busy whining about how bored he is to notice all the interesting things happening around him.
Not a lot of dialogue and the illustrations are better for older kids.
the kid is oblivious while many interesting things happen behind him.
Very few words, detailed/ironic story in the pictures.
Joann White
Good book for story time. Good pictures.
a little dull in my opinion
Morgan Wang
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