The Gift of Nothing

The Gift of Nothing

by Patrick McDonnell

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Overview

Mooch the cat desperately wants to find a gift for his friend Earl the dog, but Earl already has everything. "What do you give a guy who has everything?" Mooch wonders. The answer, of course, is nothing!

This simple story features characters from Patrick McDonnell's popular comic strip, Mutts, and has the same depth, charm, and heart that he gives to his daily readers. With delightfully spare illustrations and text, this book has all the makings of a longtime classic, perfect for gift-giving all year round.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316114882
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/14/2005
Series: Christmas Series
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 107,244
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

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.

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The Gift of Nothing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was browsing through the children's book to find new additions for my classroom library. The Gift of Nothing caught my attention and after reading it.... I am in love. I purchased one copy for each of my adult siblings. It has such a wonderful message. Loved it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for three different people and I still have to go back and buy myself one. The first day that I purchased it I had six people read it and they all loved it and wanted to know where I got it. A easy, fun read. It's a children's' book, but I as well as other adults really enjoy it. Cute, fun, and entertaining. You'll be able to relate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with a life lesson to treasure. Excellent for the child in all of us and a great gift for that person you love and has everything
Book_loving_mom_of_3 More than 1 year ago
Tired of retellings of Rudolph, the little drummer boy, and Frosty? This is a simple story that has a good lesson and an amusing play on words. It won't be your only Christmas book, but it's a great addition. (Other recommendations: Auntie Claus and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantastic gift and/or friendly reminder of the important things in life that have nothing to do with money and material things, but everything to do with true friendship and love. It is a book for all ages and an absolutely fantastic gift!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite “The Gift of Nothing” written by Patrick McDonnell is a thought-provoking story for both children and adults alike and is now shared in an audio version that will be enjoyed by all! Mooch wants to get Earl a present for his birthday; however, Earl has everything he needs and does not need anything. Mooch hears Millie saying there was nothing to buy at the store, so Mooch sets out to the store and sees so many things, yet does not buy anything. Mooch decides to give Earl just that, nothing! When Earl opens his present he sees nothing and he and Mooch spend time together, just being together and doing nothing, which is possibly the best gift. How many times do we hear and do we ourselves say that there is nothing to do, or nothing to buy when really there are millions of things to do and buy, but they just do not appeal to us as they are not “special” enough or so similar to what we already have or do? This book illustrates just that and reminds the reader (and listener) to take a minute and think about what we really do have and to appreciate the things in life that do not cost money and are the most important but often overlooked, such as the gift of time. This would be a good book to use with children to teach them that there are things more valuable than money and also encourage them to be creative and do a kind act instead of giving material things.
HighPlainsGirl More than 1 year ago
My 102 year old friend was given this book for her birthday in April I thought it was delightful. My husband agreed! What is better than the gift of yourself and your time.
imamom More than 1 year ago
This book is heartwarming for people of all ages. Simple to read, cute illustrations, and a message at the end that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling which is sure to bring on a smile. It is the perfect gift for that person who has everything, and doesn't really need anything.
Mouse15 More than 1 year ago
What can I say it's done by Patrick McDonnell love his books and the characters. Check out his other books you will love them !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book with a heart warming story of two friends, and the true story of friendship. If you love the comic strip 'Mutts' then this is a must have book for anyone of any age!
vanedow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to share with you this book I recieved as part of the Earth Day prize pack from the Hachette Book Group. It's by the author and based on the story of the comic strip Mutts. Description: Mooch the cat desperately wants to find a gift for his friend Earl the dog, but Earl already has everything. "What do you give a guy who has everything?" Mooch wonders. The answer, of course, is nothing! My thoughts: This was a really cute book! I enjoyed the message, and my almost 4 year old enjoyed the silliness of the story. The idea of filling a box with "nothing" and giving to someone was hilarious to her. This book would make a great gift for kids or adults.
leighanne85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A perfect gift for a friend who has everything.
BethKalb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think very cute and an excellent message, I think it sort of flies of younger children's heads, though. Mooch wants to get his friend Earl the perfect Christmas present. He decides the gift of nothing would be perfect beacuse he has everything. First he has a hard time finding nothing and then Earl doesn't understand the gift of nothing. Just the gift of being together.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think very cute and an excellent message, I think it sort of flies of younger children's heads, though. Mooch wants to get his friend Earl the perfect Christmas present. He decides the gift of nothing would be perfect beacuse he has everything. First he has a hard time finding nothing and then Earl doesn't understand the gift of nothing. Just the gift of being together.
kestrels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mooch searches for the perfect gift for his friend Earl, who seems to have everything. What do you get for such a friend? A lovely friendship tale, one that emphasizes what's really important.
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gorriema More than 1 year ago
A child's introduction to philosophy: the understanding that the word "nothing" can also be seen as "no thing"; that spending time together quietly listening to the tree frogs and crickets is The Gift of Nothing.
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