Nothing In Common (Hardcover)

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Nothing In Common (Hardcover)

By Kate Hoefler, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)


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Two kids living in neighboring buildings never wave to each other because they have nothing in common, although separately, they love watching the old man with his marvelous dog. They both notice the day when something changed: “Neither had ever seen an old man cry. Or heard a name called so sadly it flies through your window and lands on your chest.” In parallel searches, they both go looking for the dog, and when they find him, they also find that they need each other to guide him home to the old man. Finally, they have something in common: friendship.

— Collette, Wild Rumpus

“Heartwarming, imaginative and beautifully illustrated, Nothing in Common is the story of how a shared experience can bring two people together through thoughtfulness, observation and compassion.” –Shelf Awareness, starred review

A tender and timely story of compassion and finding common ground with others, perfect for fans of I Walk With Vanessa and Thank You, Omu!

Two neighbors both love to watch the old man and his dog from their windows, but they never wave to each other. After all, they have nothing in common. But everything changes when they are the only ones who notice that one day is different—there is the old man, but where is the dog?

In this lyrical picture book, two strangers learn about the many ways the world connects us—even if the only thing we have in common is how much we care about someone else. Filled with whimsy and warmth, Nothing In Common is a tender friendship story that reminds us to always lead with compassion. 
Kate Hoefler received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, where she studied as a Colby fellow. She has taught writing courses at the University of Michigan, as well as at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Product Details ISBN: 9780544774780
ISBN-10: 0544774787
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Pages: 40
Language: English
"Lilting prose by Hoefler sustains an atmosphere of poignant vulnerability. Against a backdrop of misty paint swirls, wistful vignettes in reds, whites, and blues linger on the old man’s kind face and the dog’s intrepid curiosity. The tale reads as much fanciful rom-com as children’s story, but readers young and old will understand that love is what draws people together." —Publishers Weekly   "The first half of the book emanates a delicate introversion....Hoefler manages this surreal twist with the same introspective lyricism as before ('a balloon is a great moon with ropes'), the language sustaining the quiet expectation of the first half....This simultaneously hushed and fanciful version of two-loners-find-their-perfect-match offers an unusual combination of tone, content, and fancy." —School Library Journal