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The Book About Nothing

The Book About Nothing

Illustrated by Hugh Murphy


The Book About Nothing

About the Book

Fans of The Book with No Pictures and A Perfectly Messed-Up Story will enjoy this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud from the adult humor bestselling authors of Awkward Family Photos and T-Rex Trying.
This book has nothing to do with rainbows, rocket ships, meatballs, or wizards. Instead, it’s full of zip, zilch, diddly-squat, bupkus.
But don’t worry, reading this book isn’t all for nothing, because sometimes nothing is actually something.

Like if you pick up all the toys in your room, what will be on the floor? NOTHING.
When you take a bath, what are you wearing? NOTHING.
And when you shut the lights off to go to bed, what do you see? NOTHING.
Mike Bender and Hugh Murphy stop at nothing to explore the key concepts of nothing and zero using playful language and hilarious illustrations.

Product Details

On sale: February 13, 2018
Age: 3-7 years
Grade: Preschool - 2
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9780399551093
Reading level: Lexile: AD550L | Fountas/Pinnell: L

Author Bio

Mike Bender is the coauthor of Everything Is Awkward and the New York Times bestselling Awkward Family Photos. He lives in California with his wife and two children. Nothing really inspired him to write this book.

Hugh Murphy
is the creator, author, and illustrator of T-Rex Trying. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, daughter, and dog.


"Here’s a book that takes nothing seriously. . . . Bender (Awkward Family Photos, 2010) and Murphy’s (T-Rex Trying, 2014) picture book elicits a chuckle, and the predominantly black and white images with bold splashes of color are at times endearing." —Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of B.J. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures will be glad to see another inspired breaking of the fourth wall." —School Library Journal

"Nothing really is something." —Booklist

"[A]n entertaining comic premise that offers some amusing primary-grades kid humor." —The Bulletin

"Bender cleverly riffs on the concept of nothing, and if it sounds meta, it is. It'll turn your Nova's brain inside out as they contemplate how *nothing* can actually be *something*." —Literati