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The Gift of Nothing (Hardcover)

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    What can Mooch the cat give Earl the dog when Earl has everything? The answer, of course, is nothing. This simple picture book story features characters from McDonnell's popular comic strip, "Mutts." Illustrations....more

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What can Mooch the cat give Earl the dog when Earl has everything? The answer, of course, is nothing. This simple picture book story features characters from McDonnell's popular comic strip, "Mutts." Illustrations.

Patrick McDonnell is the creator of The Monsters' Monster, a New York Times bestseller; Me...Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall; and the award-winning picture book Art. He is also the creator of the beloved, internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which features the characters that star in five of his previous picture books including Wag!, The Gift of Nothing, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, and South.

Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States and has won numerous awards for both Mutts and his animal welfare work. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen; their formerly feral cat, Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie.

Author:
McDonnell, Patrick
Genre:
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
Audience:
Children/juvenile
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
56
Language:
English
Publisher:
Little Brown & Co
Publish Date:
10/05/2005
Copyright Year:
2005
ISBN:
9780316114882
Height:
8.0 in
Wdth:
6.75 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.55 lb
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  • "Mutts" picture book!

    "The Gift of Nothing" is a picture book based on daily strips of the "Mutts" comic series (the volume that contains these strips is "More Shtuff", the third black-and-white collection of "Mutts"). As Christmas draws near, Mooch the cat wonders what gift to give his friend, Earl the dog. The first difficulty is that Earl seems to have everything he needs. The second difficulty is that, when Mooch decides to give a "gift of nothing", he cannot find "nothing" anywhere. How will Mooch show his friendship through giving nothing? Besides exploring the concepts of friendship and giving, the story also gently satirizes the commercialization of the holidays.

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  • The Gift of Nothing

    This book is one of my favorites! I am a college counselor at a high school, and I give the book to select students for high school graduation. Traditionally, I read the book aloud to my graduating senior class. We always shed tears of joy as we discuss the meaning of the story. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an appreciation of friendship.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    abhmth from North Carolina, Mar 11, 2008

  • Wonderful gift

    This publication is very sweet. It is a great gift. It is well illustrated and written.

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    60chick from Portland OR, Feb 4, 2008

  • The Gift of Nothing Book

    This is an awesome book. I bought this as a Christmas gift for both my daughter and my neice. It portrayed a great message. I enjoyed reading this to her at Christmas time when we sometimes get so caught up in things that we forget what is truely important. This book shows that what is really important is the love and friendship between two people. After reading this I have to say in the future when i'm in need of a children's gift I will be buying another copy of this. I will also be watching for new books written by this author.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    Anonymous from Ohio, Jan 5, 2008

  • Great Lesson!

    Love this book and the illustrations. Teaches kids an amazing lesson.

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    Anonymous from Nebraska, Jan 3, 2008

  • The Gift of Nothing

    This book is awesome & has a great message. It's also a great gift idea for people of all ages. I'd recommend it to anyone!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    heatherangus77 from Salt Lake City, UT, May 8, 2007

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