The Gift of Nothing

Happy 4th Birthday, Seth! Since your mom & dad asked for no gifts for your party, we are dedicating this review of Patrick McDonnell’s The Gift of Nothing in your honor. School Library Journal: “Mooch (a cat) wants to give Earl (a dog) a gift, but he already has a bowl, a bed, and even a chewy toy. In fact, he has it ALL. In a flash of inspiration, Mooch decides to give him nothing, and sets out to find it. But where? Though the kids say there is nothing to do, they always seem to be doing something. And even though Millie says there is nothing to buy, Mooch finds plenty in the stores. In the end, he wraps a big box with nothing in it and presents it to his friend. There’s nothing here, says Earl. Nothing but me and you, Mooch replies. And that’s the point . . .  The picture of the two friends sitting wrapped paw-in-paw as they enjoy nothing and everything is charming. A fine vehicle for a one-on-one discussion of the meaning of friendship and gift-giving.” Giggle factor: moderate. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: four jelly jars. With some extra birthday sprinkles for Seth.


~ by kaychubbuck on April 30, 2011.

2 Responses to “The Gift of Nothing”

  1. This is the nicest post I’ve ever read. Anywhere. Thank you!

  2. ps congrats on this blog’s first birthday!! what a fantastic resource ….

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