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Children's LiteratureThe reissue of this picture storybook will delight young children who enjoy puppy stories. This is a puppy story about an invisible brother of two other pups, all living in a "forgotten corner of an old forgotten farm in three forgotten kennels which stood in a row." The invisible pup is named Nothing-at-all and is quite happy until a boy and girl come to the farm, discover brothers Curly and Pointy and take them away as pets to love. The invisible pup cannot be seen and is soon lost attempting to follow his brothers. Abandoned and miserable, Nothing-at-all is befriended by a Jackdaw who offers a magic solution and encouragement. The magic takes nine days to completely turn an invisible dog into a visible one. This leads to a reunion with his brothers and a happy ending. The simple storyline, the repetitive patterned text, and the soft but minimally colored illustrations result in a total, satisfying book that will offer comfort and assurances for the reader. It taps the needs of today's child as it did for the child of 1941. To want to be a visible Something-after-all is a universal and timeless need. 2005 (orig. 1941), University of Minnesota Press, Ages 4 to 7.
—Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.