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All About Nothing

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Wonderful book with beautiful contrasting images.

I never actually thought of nothing a thing until now. Reading this book opened my eyes to the things around me to look for the nothing.

I also greatly enjoyed the negative space art paragraph at the end. Great idea for an art project in class

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This picture book discusses the idea of nothing, as in beginnings and ends, negative space and feelings of loneliness. The illustrations are really neat, they look 3D because of the use of negative space and seem like they are made of overlapping pieces. The images are mainly black and white with a light coloured background, or vice versa; light coloured with black on a white background. Some of the images remind me of optical illusions and I could see the visuals paired with the text being a great discussion starter. I think this book would be great for art class, both because of the concepts covered as well as the illustrations being a good mentor or inspiration piece. As a grade 3 teacher, I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the 5-9 age range. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!

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I enjoyed reading All About Nothing! This book deals with the concept of negative space, which as artists, we use purposefully and often for emphasis. Negative space is a confusing concept, how are you supposed to see something that's not there? This book uses paper cuttings in its illustrations to demonstrate negative space, whether in art, around us, or as the actual space surrounding everything and all of us. I think this book is a good introduction to the idea, but I think it would be good in a learning environment to demonstrate more examples of negative space in art or nature as well to get the point home. Over all, I did really like All About Nothing and will definitely use it in my classroom.

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WOW! What an amazing book that tackles the concept of what nothing is in such a clear, easy to understand way. The bold and simple illustrations featuring negative space are exactly the right amount of nothing. I had trouble looking away, that's how much I loved how the pictures detailed the concept of nothing. The splashy colors are a really great addition to the overall look of each page. This is a fantastic book to explain math concepts to very young children and just beautiful enough to engage older students too. Childen will learn that nothing turns out to be very, very important because it is, after all, something indeed!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Charles Bridge for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC).

I gave this lovely children's book a four out of five stars.

First impressions from seeing the cover and reading the description:

The cover of 'All About Nothing' is simple but bold. There is a child on the cover holding their hands up in front of them, creating a heart with their fingers. There is no colour in the frame of their hands, nothing. I think that this cover would easily attract young children to picking it up in a school, home or library setting. An adult would happily pick the book as a gift or learning tool for a kid they know and care about.

The book description was done really well, explaining what nothing is and leading into the story with no lack of communication.

After reading the whole book my opinion is that any child, of any gender would enjoying this more than once.

The illustrations were tidy and creative and went startlingly well with the story.

I really enjoyed the premise because it's not something that's been done before.

The kind of people I would recommend this book to are children between the ages of 2-7 and/or parents and teachers.

As an afterthought, I would like to say that I really liked the silhouette style to the art.

What a great read, thank you again!

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This might be a children's book, but it's an unexpectedly profound read about the concept and abstractness of nothing. I love its message about nothing being everywhere and how it's not necessarily a bad thing despite the negative connotation. The illustrations are vivid and really complement what the book is trying to convey.

This is a very unique take on mindfulness that will change how your view the world. Highly recommended for all ages!

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