★“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.
About the Author
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.
Corinna Luyken is the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes, which received four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more. She also illustrated Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have A Horse, written by Marcy Campbell, and is the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestseller My Heart She lives in Olympia, Washington, with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
"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