I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… By Davide Cali

19 Mar

didntdohworkI Didn’t Do My Homework Because…

By Davide Cali

Illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

44 pages – ages 6+

Published by Chronicle Books on March 4, 2014

Summary – Students rejoice! No more do you need the old line –Β “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– Β 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.


See what I mean? 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. πŸ˜‰ I don’t recommend this to teachers (for obvious reasons). πŸ˜‰

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

For more on the book, Mr. Cali and Mr. Chaud, visit Chronicle books HERE.

To read an adult’s opinion on this book, check out Sue Morris’ review at Lid-Lit reviews HERE.

46 Responses to “I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… By Davide Cali”

  1. Angela Brown March 19, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Wow! I didn’t know there were so many great and fantastical reasons to NOT get your homework done. This sounds like a very enjoyable book. Thanks for the review.


  2. stanleyandkatrina March 19, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    Hmmm… wondering if I could use an excuse for “I didn’t do my Word of the Week printable this week because….” πŸ™‚
    Sounds awesome.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      Because S&K ran out of food (and treats!) and went on a strike? Because K ate NG’s hamster (the name passes me), and then S ate K? πŸ˜‰


      • stanleyandkatrina March 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

        Ha! Creative. I like it.
        Sadly, Cinder (NG’s hamster) passed while we were on vacation – can you believe it? NG takes such great care of them, too, it was a tad heartbreaking for her… we believe there will be a break from hamsters in this house. She’s working on getting a cat now.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

        Aww… That’s a shame. It must have been upsetting. 😦 At least Cinder wasn’t eaten by the illustration of Katrina (that would have been scary).
        I went through about 10 goldfish to get to the one I’m at (1 didn’t even live a week – I fed him and loved him, and pet him, and called him Huck! πŸ˜‰ ) Good luck on the cat! Can you share some tips on begging asking for pets? I’m trying to get a dog. πŸ™‚


      • Neighbor Girl (@StanleyNKatrina) March 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

        Well, I am making an extremely detailed power-point, I have not gotten to present it yet, though. I will tell you how it turns out.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

        Hmm… Interesting. What’s it about? πŸ™‚


  3. Michelle Isenhoff March 19, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Ha! Ha! Ha!


  4. Joanna March 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    I love the illustrations and absurdity of these excuses. It sounds a riot!


  5. Patricia Tilton March 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    This book looks very funny — great excuses.


  6. jama March 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Oh, so much fun! And the art is very cool, as you say.


  7. Genevieve Petrillo March 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    I never ate Mom’s homework (or her students’ homework), but once I ate her ATM card. It looked like Swiss cheese when I was finished with it. Plus I love cheese…. Mmmmm.

    Love and licks,


  8. Sam March 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    This looks awesome! I know that some classmates could definitely use *more* excuses. πŸ™‚


  9. Rena Marthaler March 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    We are always trying to think of excuses not to do homework in our house, and this book looks good. πŸ™‚


  10. julie rowan zoch March 19, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Nooooooo – I have my review set for Friday!!!! Ha – it was bound to happen sometime!


    • KidLitReviews March 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

      So, I am not the only one trying to beat the Master and post reviews first. Well, I beat you both, but, I only take pleasure in defeating the Master! πŸ˜†


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

      Well, it isn’t a PPB… yet. πŸ˜‰


      • julie rowan zoch March 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

        This Friday there is none, and I figured it doesn’t quite fit with my regular picks as a concept book for older readers – yeah, it has it’s own genre!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

        Well, I see you posted it! πŸ˜‰


      • julie rowan zoch March 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

        I had intended to, but not to add it to Susanna’s list. But it looks like it is popular enought to be on it!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

        It deserves to be popular! πŸ˜‰


      • julie rowan zoch March 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

        It will!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 23, 2014 at 8:21 am #



  11. KidLitReviews March 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    Nice review, Erik. I do believe I like yours better than mine. Too bad it took you so long to post this review. Hey, when is the bunny book posting? NO, Destructosaurus? hehehehehe!! πŸ˜€


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank you… I think. Stop mocking me. 😑 You’ll regret it! 😈


      • KidLitReviews March 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

        You are right. *bows* You are the Master. *under breathe* but beatable.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks March 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

        POWER!!!!!!! Absolute POWER!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜‰ (Emperor quote as he shoots lightning from hands)


  12. Romelle Broas March 20, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    Fun book! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy so I can finally, tell my boys, “I’ve READ all the excuses!”


  13. readingwithrhythm March 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    This sounds like a very important book that should be on every kid’s shelf!


  14. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Benjamin Chaud – my kind of artist! I love The Bear’s Song – so will definitely be on the lookout for this one.



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