The Gift of Nothing
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2005
Whether you're a kid or an adult, or a dog or a cat, or a fan of "Mutts" or a newcomer, this book is going to grab you. What do you give your favorite dog pal when he has everything? Nothing. The cat's journey to find nothing reads to this child in an adult's body as both one of those funny Zen koan adventures...and a heartfelt exploration of friendship. McDonnell's color palate is especially interesting...he sticks to a simple combination of black and white and red, which makes the story all the stronger. Mutts, YESH!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2005
weather you love Mutts, or never read it (like me) you will enjoy this book.

As a mom whose child became known as "the kid who has everything" (thanks to his grandma) even I myself have found it hard to pick out presents for him. this will be a christmas gift for my son, and I will ask his grandma to read it too him. This book is simple and cute with a great moral of how friendship is more important, that its the thought that counts, but it is done in a delightful way. This book had me laughing out loud when I read it and is a must by to gently remind kids to appreciate what they have
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2006
What a special little book. Everyone I have showed it to as gotten a really special feeling from it.

I will treasure it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2007
The author may have gotten some tips from those classic MasterCard commercials which illustrate that money can buy some things, but certain moments and life experiences are "priceless."

Through the beautifully and simply illustrated tale of friendship between a cat and a dog (the interspecies metaphor alludes to openness and acceptance of differing points of view and experiences), we learn that material possessions and tangible items are sometimes not as meaningful as the space between two individuals, people, living beings, etc. It is the unspoken, uncategorizable, sublime moments of life that are most fulfilling and rewarding, and the hardest to capture or describe. Therefore, when trying to convey the depth of meaning of these moments, we cannot, and therefore, should not even bother trying (to encapsulate them, try as we may through photographs, video, blogging, etc.). The best gift is one that one already has the power to give oneself--the gift of friendship, self-awareness/mindfulness and the ability to honor and nurture the two.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2005
The schweetness of Mutts is really brought home in this wonderful little book that expands on one of the strips and leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I gave it to my wife for our anniversary (instead of a regular present) and got away with it!! Highly recommended. Earl says yesh.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
This book is very cute but also to the point. Although it seems that the book is for those you can't seem to find the perfect gift for, it's also a good gift for those whom you'd like to just let them know how much they mean to you. Because, truly, in the long run, it's not the gifts, but the memories and times we share with one another that sums up all the love we can give. I like to add my own personal message in the back of the book for the special person who receives it. It truly touches everyone who receives it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2005
this is perfect for anyone - from children to just people you love

the gift of nothing is beautiful, and you should share it with everyone. i chose this as a birthday gift for my mother - who, consequently, has given me everything and nothing. i feel it is only right to give the same back. ;)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2005
This is a simple yet fantastic book about the true meaning of friendship. In our materialistic world where "do it yourself" TV shows now focus on clutter control, it is great to read a book about what gift is most important. If you liked The Giving Tree, you will love this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is one of those simple little books that comes along all too rarely. It's easy to read and teaches a great lesson about friendship and gift-giving.

A good, moral book with the lesson presented in simple words with simple drawings of beloved, familiar characters.

Written with style and humor too.

I find it ironic that a book that teaches that the value of true friendship doesn't depend on gifts, should end up being a perfect gift itself!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Recommended for anyone, any age, i.e., everyone ~~ Patrick Mc'Donnell's comic-book is a gift that I imagine anyone would want to receive. The Gift of Nothing is warm, crystal clear and gently instructive. It's a little story about giving a very big gift, of the self.
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