Written and illustrated by Mick
Orchard Books, New York, NY,
Who among us has never felt like nothing? Wishing and longing to be somebody.
Not anyone. Us. To find our true nature. With Nothing we have a story
for that lonely child in all of us.
A little, beat-up and discarded stuffed
animal is left behind in the attic when a family moves. It is so old and
ragged that its original form is no
longer recognizable. It has been there so long that it has even forgotten
its name. Even the movers left it behind. "What have we got here?" said a
voice. "Oh, it's nothing," said another. So the ragged little toy decides
that Nothing must be its name.
So begins Nothing's journey
to find out its true nature. Along the way it meets a mouse. The tail looks
familiar. Then there is the fox. The
ears and whiskers look familiar as well. Then a friendly cat takes him back
to his house. There Nothing finds the one person who can make him someone.
The discovery reveals his true nature and the true meaning of family.
stories as Nothing flirt with becoming overly sentimental. But
Mick Inkpen crafts a simple, evocative story with great implications. Children
and adults alike will find his full color watercolor illustrations appealing
as a perfect complement to the text.