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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 t 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?


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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 t 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?

30 review for I Didn't Do My Homework Because...

  1. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    This is just too funny to read. A refreshing change! I wish there were more reasons and illustrations about not doing homework! The illustrations are detailed and colourful. My imagination got a kick just by looking at those pictures! I love children's books for this! But yes, the lame excuses for not doing homework are just too funny! I wish there were more! This is just too funny to read. A refreshing change! I wish there were more reasons and illustrations about not doing homework! The illustrations are detailed and colourful. My imagination got a kick just by looking at those pictures! I love children's books for this! But yes, the lame excuses for not doing homework are just too funny! I wish there were more!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    A cute compilation of absurd excuses; also the illustrations are adorable. A cute compilation of absurd excuses; also the illustrations are adorable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    BOY I COULD I HAVE USED THIS BOOK - K-12!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…opens with the age old question -- “So, why didn’t you do your homework?” Rather than using the classics like my dog ate my homework or the computer crashed, our no-homework-in-hand youngster comes up with some outlandishly funny and imaginative reasons why he could not get his homework done. Every page is packed with jumbles and swirls of zaniness and movement. The detail in the pictures really stand out in the patterns and faces and animals. From monkeys to armadi I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…opens with the age old question -- “So, why didn’t you do your homework?” Rather than using the classics like my dog ate my homework or the computer crashed, our no-homework-in-hand youngster comes up with some outlandishly funny and imaginative reasons why he could not get his homework done. Every page is packed with jumbles and swirls of zaniness and movement. The detail in the pictures really stand out in the patterns and faces and animals. From monkeys to armadillos! This kid tries them all! :) My favorite was….”I gave my pencils to Robin Hood.” A fun read that will inspire young readers to spin a few tall tales of their own. Btw…The UFO abduction story never works. No one ever believed me! ;)

  5. 4 out of 5

    حسناء

    it's so funny it's so funny

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nafiza

    See, I never had this problem. I never gave the teacher absurd reasons for not doing my homework or try to excuse my lack of academic achievement by mentioning alien abductions. My mom was a teacher and when you are a teacher’s kid, you invariably do your homework. Whether you want to or not. I liked school so I mostly wanted to. Except math but that’s a dirty word and I will not mention it henceforth. This little prettily packaged volume gives the desperate underachiever a variety of reasons to See, I never had this problem. I never gave the teacher absurd reasons for not doing my homework or try to excuse my lack of academic achievement by mentioning alien abductions. My mom was a teacher and when you are a teacher’s kid, you invariably do your homework. Whether you want to or not. I liked school so I mostly wanted to. Except math but that’s a dirty word and I will not mention it henceforth. This little prettily packaged volume gives the desperate underachiever a variety of reasons to offer his teacher for not doing his homework. Admittedly, the reasons are mostly absurd and not very useful in that regard (there really should be a volume that gives legitimate excuses that can be used in these cases; maybe I’ll write one myself someday) but the illustrations are bright and the one fun. The ending, though, makes me raise my eyebrows because it doesn't seem to be in tune with the rest of the book and there is a definite sense of the adult there that I found jarring and unwelcome. Other than that, I liked this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    I can see ways I'd use this as a text to inspire writing in my classroom. In fact, I did! After using this with students, I upped my star rating because of how much they enjoyed it. My 7th & 8th graders ranked this in their Top Ten of picture books used in the school year when we read aloud a picture book every day. When I had them do their own version of this story, they created some of the most fun student writing I've ever read. I can see ways I'd use this as a text to inspire writing in my classroom. In fact, I did! After using this with students, I upped my star rating because of how much they enjoyed it. My 7th & 8th graders ranked this in their Top Ten of picture books used in the school year when we read aloud a picture book every day. When I had them do their own version of this story, they created some of the most fun student writing I've ever read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erik This Kid Reviews Books

    Students rejoice! No more do you need the old line - ”The dog ate my homework.” This book is stuffed with new and exciting reasons why you didn’t do your homework! In this book you’ll find creative answers for non-homework doing. Like: “I didn’t do my homework because…” giant lizards invaded… my dog got eaten by another dog… rebellious robots… lost armadillos… and much, much more! Just make sure your teacher hasn’t read the same book. Opinion- As a kid, do I really have to tell you why I like this book Students rejoice! No more do you need the old line - ”The dog ate my homework.” This book is stuffed with new and exciting reasons why you didn’t do your homework! In this book you’ll find creative answers for non-homework doing. Like: “I didn’t do my homework because…” giant lizards invaded… my dog got eaten by another dog… rebellious robots… lost armadillos… and much, much more! Just make sure your teacher hasn’t read the same book. Opinion- As a kid, do I really have to tell you why I like this book after the description? Okay, I will. This book is hilarious! Each excuse gets wilder than the next. The book is one that all kids can enjoy. The illustrations are AWESOME! I love the wildness, and I love the kid’s hair. These are magnificent, the style of them is humorous and well-done. Mr. Cali and Mr. Chaud created a hilarious book together. The ending of the book is great (let’s just say his teacher is “on to” the boy). I recommend this to any child who has forgotten their homework, forgets their homework, or will forget their homework or is just too lazy to do it. ;) I don’t recommend this to teachers (for obvious reasons). ;) *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    From Publishers Weekly: Chaud's crabbed pen-and-ink drawings give a distinctly Gothic sensibility to Cali's (The Bear with the Sword) sly collection of homework excuses. The narrator, a boy dressed in a suit and tie, negotiates with his teacher. "An airplane full of monkeys landed in our yard," he tries. Chaud (The Bear's Song) draws an army of monkeys invading the boy's study, swinging from the light, mussing his hair, and scattering his papers. "Elves hid all of my pencils," he offers. Things l From Publishers Weekly: Chaud's crabbed pen-and-ink drawings give a distinctly Gothic sensibility to Cali's (The Bear with the Sword) sly collection of homework excuses. The narrator, a boy dressed in a suit and tie, negotiates with his teacher. "An airplane full of monkeys landed in our yard," he tries. Chaud (The Bear's Song) draws an army of monkeys invading the boy's study, swinging from the light, mussing his hair, and scattering his papers. "Elves hid all of my pencils," he offers. Things look good at first—the boy is in his place at his desk, his book open in front of him—but closer inspection reveals two giddy elves underneath the desk with pencils sticking out of their ears and noses. "Giant lizards invaded my neighborhood," the boys says, as a huge alligator holds a school bus in its jaws, and a lizard nabs the boy's homework with its sticky tongue. The other 20 or so excuses and their illustrations are equally entertaining. Even children who don't yet have homework will long to try out a few of these wild explanations for themselves.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Didn't do your homework? Never fear. Use this guidebook of excuses to wheedle your way out of your teach troubles. Be warned though, for each, although an infallible reason, can only be used once. This silly book starts out simply with a teacher asking her student why he didn't complete his assignment. The boy then precedes to list a series of far-fetched excuses including: an attack from vikings, a variation on the dog ate my homework one, and plenty of other funny ideas. Many of the excuses ar Didn't do your homework? Never fear. Use this guidebook of excuses to wheedle your way out of your teach troubles. Be warned though, for each, although an infallible reason, can only be used once. This silly book starts out simply with a teacher asking her student why he didn't complete his assignment. The boy then precedes to list a series of far-fetched excuses including: an attack from vikings, a variation on the dog ate my homework one, and plenty of other funny ideas. Many of the excuses are beyond reasonable, so the artist plays this attitude up with an expressionistic style. Characters and creatures look like they came out of a child's imagination. Their strange appearance also suggests that this guidebook was fictionally written by a child. No wonder it does the little boy no good. Unfortunately for the boy, this teacher did her homework though, having read the same resource the boy did. After all this it just goes to show that it is best to do one's homework.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Florian

    I first came across this book in a bookstore. You remember those. I couldn't put it down and started laughing on the spot. Some bookstores have spots, some are spotless. Anyway the humor is spot-on and the illustrations are splendid and filled with whimsical details, like the dog opening one eye to see the elves with pencils filling their faces, or the narrator, along with his homework, rising straight through the roof when he's abducted by aliens, not to mention the details on that Viking ax. A I first came across this book in a bookstore. You remember those. I couldn't put it down and started laughing on the spot. Some bookstores have spots, some are spotless. Anyway the humor is spot-on and the illustrations are splendid and filled with whimsical details, like the dog opening one eye to see the elves with pencils filling their faces, or the narrator, along with his homework, rising straight through the roof when he's abducted by aliens, not to mention the details on that Viking ax. And it's all drawn with a look from the 19th century, including the font, 1820 Modern (How's that for an oxymoron?). This is my choice for Humorous Children's Book of the Year.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I so loved this. Must buy a copy. The illustrations are GORGEOUS! I absolutely love the expressive linework, expert compositions and humour.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Haley Shaffer

    Mentor texts. They come up with their own

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    The kind of illustrations that stay in a child's imagination for a lifetime. The kind of illustrations that stay in a child's imagination for a lifetime.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Regsly

    Very amusing. The art style really suits the text.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    My 9 year old found this imaginative book hilarious. Also, liked the detail of the illustrations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nomadic Musings

    Fun & wit read for young and old readers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jala Collins

    Text-to-Self Connection: I really wasn't that fond of this book. The pacing of the story was pretty drawn out and I think that there could have been a better way of bringing out the main idea of the story. However, this book reminds me of a time I didn't do an assignment for school and I tried to come up with various excuses as to why it wasn't completed. Needless to say, I was held responsible and had to pay the consequence for lying and received a bad grade regardless. As George Washington once Text-to-Self Connection: I really wasn't that fond of this book. The pacing of the story was pretty drawn out and I think that there could have been a better way of bringing out the main idea of the story. However, this book reminds me of a time I didn't do an assignment for school and I tried to come up with various excuses as to why it wasn't completed. Needless to say, I was held responsible and had to pay the consequence for lying and received a bad grade regardless. As George Washington once said, "It is better to make no excuse than a bad one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gilfillan

    Picture book, for Spanish practice. It had nice simple language and was clear and entertaining. No English translation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This book would be really fun to read with my class. Our school gives homework each day and it is a big topic! I wonder if it would work to read this book early in the year after we have talked about homework needing to be done each day as well as the consequences that go with not doing it. Everyone's pretty keen at first, but it doesn't take too long until issues start to creep up. It would be fun to have the kids pick crazy reasons for homework not getting finished, illustrate it, and have it This book would be really fun to read with my class. Our school gives homework each day and it is a big topic! I wonder if it would work to read this book early in the year after we have talked about homework needing to be done each day as well as the consequences that go with not doing it. Everyone's pretty keen at first, but it doesn't take too long until issues start to creep up. It would be fun to have the kids pick crazy reasons for homework not getting finished, illustrate it, and have it on the bulletin board. I wonder if we could get rid of some of the excuses by having a funny discussion starting by reading this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Romelle

    I Didn't' Do My homework Because... By Davide Cali is a great guidebook for school children everywhere. Need an excuse for not doing your homework? Look no further. This book offers 26 zany excuses you can pick from. That is pretty much what the book is about. I did chuckle on several of the excuses. I am sure kids will find this book hilarious so for entertainment value and kid appeal, I give it 5 stars. The quirky, fun illustrations by Benjamin Chaud was a nice compliment to the book. Lots of I Didn't' Do My homework Because... By Davide Cali is a great guidebook for school children everywhere. Need an excuse for not doing your homework? Look no further. This book offers 26 zany excuses you can pick from. That is pretty much what the book is about. I did chuckle on several of the excuses. I am sure kids will find this book hilarious so for entertainment value and kid appeal, I give it 5 stars. The quirky, fun illustrations by Benjamin Chaud was a nice compliment to the book. Lots of fun.

  22. 4 out of 5

    marvellings

    I Didn't Do My Homework Because... is an imagined series of absurd excuses for why the protagonist didn't do his homework. (view spoiler)[Alas, they don't work because it turns out his teacher has read the same book! (hide spoiler)] Perfectly silly, with fantastic illustrations from Benjamin Chaud. A great gift for grade schooler and grad schooler alike. ["br"]>["br"]> I Didn't Do My Homework Because... is an imagined series of absurd excuses for why the protagonist didn't do his homework. (view spoiler)[Alas, they don't work because it turns out his teacher has read the same book! (hide spoiler)] Perfectly silly, with fantastic illustrations from Benjamin Chaud. A great gift for grade schooler and grad schooler alike.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharni Benson

    A great book about a boy coming up with amazingly farfetched excuses for why he didn't do his homework, ending with a bit of a meta-joke, which I'm not sure how I feel about. I love that in the pictures he is trying his darndest to do the homework, but to no avail. When the brother was mentioned I then started looking for him in the context of the family but he only appeared one other time, so I was a little confused, but I guess he is a teenager, so it's understandable that he wouldn't be seen i A great book about a boy coming up with amazingly farfetched excuses for why he didn't do his homework, ending with a bit of a meta-joke, which I'm not sure how I feel about. I love that in the pictures he is trying his darndest to do the homework, but to no avail. When the brother was mentioned I then started looking for him in the context of the family but he only appeared one other time, so I was a little confused, but I guess he is a teenager, so it's understandable that he wouldn't be seen in family activities I guess.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessalyn King

    All of these excuses are amazing, but I appreciate the ending the best, when he asks 'why don't you believe me?' And the teacher says, 'because I've read the same book.' The mother and father dealing with all of these catastrophes calmly are great to see. All of these excuses are amazing, but I appreciate the ending the best, when he asks 'why don't you believe me?' And the teacher says, 'because I've read the same book.' The mother and father dealing with all of these catastrophes calmly are great to see.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cosette

    Taught my 10 year old new excuses! Not that he needed any...but great pictures, nice story wrap up.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Not Bad. It seems a bit rambly but it's made up for in the end. Not Bad. It seems a bit rambly but it's made up for in the end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    A fun book to share with students and then encourage them to write their own outlandish excuses.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Funny twist at the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dixie Maier

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “I didn’t do my homework because…” is a hilarious picture book intended for kids aging from 6 to 9 years old. Davide Calis’ “I didn’t do my homework because…” is the story of a boy, who did not complete his homework and comes up with 26 excuses as to why he did not complete it. But in the end, his teach doesn’t buy any of it, because she’s read the same book! I gave this book a 3-star rating. While I enjoyed the humorous elements of this book, I’ve heard this story before- the kid not doing their “I didn’t do my homework because…” is a hilarious picture book intended for kids aging from 6 to 9 years old. Davide Calis’ “I didn’t do my homework because…” is the story of a boy, who did not complete his homework and comes up with 26 excuses as to why he did not complete it. But in the end, his teach doesn’t buy any of it, because she’s read the same book! I gave this book a 3-star rating. While I enjoyed the humorous elements of this book, I’ve heard this story before- the kid not doing their homework for some strange, out-of-this world reason. The illustrations within this book were eye-catching and keep me drawn in about what would come next. My favorite excuse was “giant lizards invaded my neighborhood.” The main character was boring because he was just your typical kid, while the plot was something I’ve read before. The only thing that I really enjoyed about this picture book was the ending. I wasn’t expecting the teacher to have read the same book! I do think that younger readers would find this book appealing because they could “borrow” one of the excuses for why they haven’t done their homework. But be warned, use each excuse with caution.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy Crandall

    The infamous question that is asked of many school aged children "why did't you do your homework," was answered by a small young boy whose imagine got the best of him. In the picture book, "I Didn't Do My Homework Because... " a this young boy lists ample reasons of why his homework wasn't done. This humorous, and light hearted read is a perfect fit in any classroom. But also makes me question, if there was truly a real reason of why his homework didn't get done it is the teacher's responsibilit The infamous question that is asked of many school aged children "why did't you do your homework," was answered by a small young boy whose imagine got the best of him. In the picture book, "I Didn't Do My Homework Because... " a this young boy lists ample reasons of why his homework wasn't done. This humorous, and light hearted read is a perfect fit in any classroom. But also makes me question, if there was truly a real reason of why his homework didn't get done it is the teacher's responsibility. Checking in your students is critical to do and as teachers of course we expect students to come to class prepared and homework in hand fished but sometimes that is not the case and they might need support emotionally or academically. I found this book to be enlightening and of course made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed all of the made up reasons as well as the illustrations that went along with the words on the pages. This book was very well orchestrated.

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