Two great parenting/kid books about nothing and nobody

Images of the bookcovers of the two books.

Last year I reviewed the awesome 1957 memoir of childhood, Where did you go? Out. What did you do? Nothing by Robert Paul Smith.

Smith’s son Dan sent a note alerting us that his dad’s book has just been reprinted in paperback for under $10

Similarly, another of Smith’s books is also back in print, this time hardbound and also under $10: How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself. Now, how could you possibly refuse a title like that?

The second book delves into such pastimes as making a spool tank (wind-up toy), a button buzz-saw, handkerchief parachutes, and squeaking blades of grass. There are also some more interestingly dangerous activities you just can’t get in a store-bought kit, such as instructions for playing Mumblety-Peg with a Boy Scout knife and making a bow and arrow from a broken umbrella.

  1. Amazon: Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing.
  2. Amazon: How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself.

Incidentally, a perk of having a spouse going back to school is that Amazon.com gives college students free ‘Prime’ accounts (free 2-day shipping, presumably for textbooks, but it’s good on everything). I should have my copies of the books in a few days, should anyone have questions.

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