This is a book to free your kid from video games for a few hours, a handbook on the avoidance of boredom, a primer on the uses of solitude, a child's declaration of independence.If you don't remember how to make a spool tank, what to do with an old umbrella, whether "pennies" come before or after "spank the baby" in mumbly-peg, or how to make rubber-band guns, slings, or clamshell bracelets, it's OK because Robert Paul Smith has collected all of this and more in How to Do Nothing. It's a book for kids, but parents are not prohibited from reading it.
Teenage musician Kit is no longer Andy Nebula, interstellar rock star. In fact he's no longer a star at all. Reduced to playing dingy dives on Earth, he agrees to his friend Meta's request to go back to being Andy Nebula for a one-time benefit concert...only to discover that someone else in the galaxy is passing himself off as Andy Nebula instead. Soon Kit; Meta; and their friend, Rain, the orange, tentacled alien cop, find themselves caught up in an interstellar assassination conspiracy.
Kit is a tough streetkid from a backwater planet, living hand-to-mouth as a musician, playing in alleys and tube stations and sleeping wherever he can find shelter. Then he meets two people who change his life: Rain, a bright-orange tentacled alien, and Qualls, a talent scout who promises to make him a star. Overnight, Kit becomes Andy Nebula, interstellar rock sensation. But stars don't last forever, and as Kit's starts to fade, Qualls introduces him to another alien called The Dealer. Suddenly Kit and a young female fan find themselves caught up in something a lot less glamorous than the music business - and a lot more deadly.