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Nothing [Hardcover]

Mick Inkpen
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

27 Oct 1995

The family is moving house. A new baby is one the way. But alone in the attic lies a little creature who doesn't even know its name.

So begins the story of Nothing and his journey to discover who he really is. On the way he meets all kinds of creatures who unwittingly jog his memory and help him find his way home. There is a wonderful pull out surprise at the end.

This is perfect bedtime reading.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (27 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340646500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340646502
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998. for more information see

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"What have we got here?" said a voice. "Oh - it's nothing," said another.

And the ragged little thing, left in the attic at number 47 when the people move out, who can't remember what or who he is, decides "Nothing" must be his name. Sparked into action by a mouse, who warns him that the new people will try to get rid of him, he sets out on a beautifully illustrated voyage of self-discovery. With the help of a fox, the family cat (who takes him to the new house), Grandpa's memory and a sewing kit, he's restored to his former glory. Tearjerkingly heartwarming. (Ages 2 and over) --Lisa Gee --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A beautifully crafted picture book, full of great warmth and charm, from a master storyteller for children aged between four and six years old.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Something that became "nothing" and then something special once more.... Well written in good English, with a clever story line that keeps small minds with short attention spans with you all the way to the end. A lovely ending that will have your children asking you to read this story to them again and again - until they are big enough to read it themselves!
The illustations are large, brightly coloured but soft and clear.
In these days of horrid pictures and frightening words, it's so lovely to find books that you know won't give the kids nightmares.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to any parent or grandparent. This is how I remember the books of my childhood and how I would want my children to remember the book of theirs!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking children's story 9 Nov 2007
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Mike Inkpen is a brilliant children's author. I and my little boy have loved every book we have read by this clever man. "Nothing" is one of our favourites. As a family pack to move house (just around the corner) they are overheard to say that "nothing has been left behind" the small sad bundle of grey cloth in the attic who has been left behind therefore thinks that his name is "nothing".

A small night-time adventure across rooftops and through gardens, encountering many animals along the way, ensues. The main character in the story is confused about who he is, scared on his journey, but accepts help where he finds it and has a wonderfully happy ending. I feel that the underlying message in this story to small people is very positive. You may be unsure about who you are, you may be scared at times, but even the smallest, grubbiest and most lost amongst us can find love.

A wonderful theme, beautifully written and illustrated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 14 Oct 2004
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When I first read this to the children in my year one class it brought tears to my eyes. A beautifully written story that really tugs at the heart strings. Wonderful book for those who like a little sentiment and good feeling; young or old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful 11 Oct 2007
By i wrote this TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Like the other reviewers, this simple and profound story brought tears to my eyes when I first read it. I have used it as a teaching tool with children, young people and adults. It's a great little story in itself, but the theme of lost identity, acceptance and rediscovered purpose will keep you coming back to this beautiful book.
The artwork, story telling and characters are all simple but perfectly formed.
Mick Inkpen is a genius and this is his best work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story with a difference, from Mick Inkpen 21 Jan 2008
which is, generally, quite a change in direction from the creator of `Kipper'!

Initially about the sadness of lost identity (tissues required!), acceptance of one`s predicament and, finally, the joy of re-discovery!

A delightful, longer than average book, with the most superb illustrations.
28 shiny high quality pages, in the popular 2-page spread format, culminating in fold out pages of the revamped `Nothing'.

From back cover:-
`A little creature lies in the attic, alone and forgotten. It cannot even remember its own name.
One day the attic door is flung open....
And so begins Nothing's search to discover who he really is.'

Example of text:-

`A new baby is on the way.
The family are moving out of Number 47 to a bigger house round the corner.
The cat has gone missing.
But everything else is packed and ready to go.
Nothing has been left behind.......'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this rather simple, very touching and well illustrated story for my then four year old who two years later stil begs me to read it. I may be reading too much into this, but there is a rather profound message hidden within this story about identity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book 8 April 2014
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This is a beautiful book for children and adults. The illustrations are charming. The story is engaging. It is one of my personal top 5 books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story
Having read two text extracts to my guided reading group we were intrigued as to who or what Nothing was, so I promised yr4 that I'd get the book and read to them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
One of the nicest books I've ever read to my son. He loves it too. Beautifully written and illustrated, heart and soul.
Published 5 months ago by Skipper
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing
Lovely story. Condition reasonable and pretty much as expected, although a bent corner on the front cover was not mentioned.
Published 8 months ago by Diane Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
Another brilliant book by Mike Inkpen for my granddaughter to read. She has most of his books so I'm just adding to her collection...
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing by Mick Inkpen
I love this book and wanted to share it with my grandson. I was pleased to be able to buy a secondhand copy as it appears to be out if print. Read more
Published 20 months ago by gerry nicklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Childen love this book
Lovely book, captivating for the reader or listener. A reading to a group of 18 four year olds held their attention completely, right to the end - when they demanded a re-reading! Read more
Published on 22 May 2012 by Frank Budden
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing
Still one of my daughters favourite books, she's now 9, a lovely story, beautifully told and if you don't have time to read it with your child the CD is a great bonus.
Published on 23 May 2011 by BJ
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