PPBF: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because …

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, why 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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11 thoughts on “PPBF: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because …

  1. 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…

  2. 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.