Nothing Happens in This Book

Judy Ann Sadler

Reader, don't waste your time with this book. “You might as well stick it back on the shelf,” the narrator warns. “Or toss it under your bed. You don't need to read it because it looks like nothing happens in this book.” But, wait, he's spotted something. There's a trumpet without a trumpeter. And there's a tiny car without a driver. And a baton without a twirler. Maybe if you keep turning the pages, you'll find out who is missing these items. Maybe they are all together, getting ready to do something awesome. Maybe something amazing does happen in this book after all!

The text and visual narrative work hand in hand in this playful, page-turning meta picture book, encouraging children to join in on the quest to find the seemingly missing story. By speaking directly to readers, Judy Ann Sadler's intriguing story piques their curiosity, and award-winning Vigg's quirky, humorous illustrations slowly reveal hints about the story that allow readers to piece together the mystery before the narrator does. This book makes for an engaging read-aloud that invites enthusiastic audience participation. The question underlying all the fun --- what elements are needed for a story? --- couples nicely with classroom story-building and writing exercises. In a special touch, the busy parade at the end of the book appears on a gatefold spread.

978-1-77138-737-8 | May 1, 2018
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 11 x 6 3/4 40 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 2 / Ages: 4 to 7
978-1-5253-0100-1 | May 1, 2018
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

Educational Resources

Adult Directed

Awards & Reviews

“A lively tale in which observant readers will discover---long before the narrator does---that in fact much more than nothing happens in this book.”
— Kirkus Reviews, February 2018
“Sadler keeps the pace at a quick march, building smoothly from quiet stillness to riotous fortissimo ...”
— Publishers Weekly, March 2018
“A clever book that children will want to come back to again and again.”
— School Library Journal, May 2018
“... perfect for poring over again and again.”
— The Toronto Star, May 2018
“... a fun read-aloud, encourages audience participation ...”
— CM Magazine, July 2018
“... a genuine page-turner ...”
— Canadian Children's Book News, October 2018
“... engaging ...”
— Resource Links, October 2018
2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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