The Book About Nothing

By: Mike Bender

Illustrator: Hugh Murphy

This book has nothing to do with rainbows, rocket ships, meatballs, or wizards. Instead, it's full of zip, zilch, diddly-squat. Seriously . . . bupkus.

ISBN: 9780399551109

JLG Release: Aug 2018


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A book, quite literally, about nothing. The conceit is maintained from the endpapers (they are filled with nothing words like: zot, naught, zip, nil, zilch, nada, diddly squat) to the author bio: “Nothing really inspired him to write this book.” Fans of B.J. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures will be glad to see another insp A book, quite literally, about nothing. The conceit is maintained from the endpapers (they are filled with nothing words like: zot, naught, zip, nil, zilch, nada, diddly squat) to the author bio: “Nothing really inspired him to write this book.” Fans of B.J. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures will be glad to see another inspired breaking of the fourth wall, though the “even nothing is something” concept here is quite a bit more complex (not to mention, arguably false), jumping headfirst off the edge of logic that the well-known “Something from Nothing” tale teeters so precariously on. A variety of fonts in different sizes and colors as well as creative word placement assist readers and highlight Bender’s quirky sense of humor. A riff more than a story arc that builds to a climax, the biggest laughs will likely come from the underwear and poop bits. Murphy’s black line drawings on mostly white pages are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein’s style. A minimalist splash of color here and there complement the purposely overstated text and indicate that the book is intended for a more sophisticated audience—extending its reach beyond that of a typical picture book. VERDICT A fun and clever concept book for storytime and language classrooms.—Hillary Perelyubskiy, Los Angeles Public Library

Book Details

ISBN

9780399551109

First Release

August 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD550L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Crown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

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