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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Nothing is a delightfully presented graphic novel written and illustrated by Michael Molinet. At the end of the day, a young child is asked by his mother how his day has been and what he has done at school. The child gives the standard answer of "nothing," but inside his mind, an incredible story plays out, filled with adventures like those of Indiana Jones, Crocodile Dundee, James Bond, and more. His "nothing" sparks from a gifted mind where indeed so much is happening, but it is all so fantastic that he cannot put it into words. When pressed to elaborate his answer from "nothing," a simple story rolls off the child's tongue regarding his simple daily routine of study, meal times, and travel to and from school.
I was not sure what to expect when I selected this title but was ever so pleased the more I read it. Michael Molinet's combined tale of words versus imagination in the mind of a young child is so brilliantly presented. As one tale rolls off the boy's tongue, none of it matches the exciting adventures that show within his mind at the same time. It truly is marvelous to see the word through the eyes of a child, especially when they have so little to say, yet what goes on in their mind's eye is something that would put the greatest scriptwriters to shame. I thoroughly enjoyed Nothing and recommend it to young children and adults alike. I can easily see this book in the waiting room of a child psychologist or young parent learning about what takes place in their child's mind. I have reserved a special place on my home bookshelf for Michael Molinet's tale and will be keeping an eye out for further titles from this author in the future.