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The Book with No Pictures Hardcover – Sep 30 2014
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"Conceptually radical . . . making the refreshing and contrarian case that words alone have sensory and imaginative vibrancy to spare."—Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review
* "“This book may not have pictures, but it's sure to inspire lots of conversations—and laughs . . . A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall.”"— Kirkus, starred review
"This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s perfect for one-on-one sharing with a parent or caregiver. Expect requests for repeated readings."—School Library Journal
"Actor Novak’s expert sense of comic timing is on full display in his first picture book . . . sure to deliver big laughs."— Publishers Weekly
"Listeners will be tickled by hearing adults say ridiculous things . . . The comic pacing and foolproof theatrics ensure a wild and silly trip through the pages for everyone."— The Horn Book
"This picture book with no pictures knows a thing or two about both books and kid-friendly comedy . . . Once children get the joke, they'll want to play it on as many of their grownups as possible."— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Unlike any of the children's books you read growing up."— Bustle.com
"Will have little ones laughing and finding a new appreciation for words."— Entertainment Weekly
"A perfectly-pitched tool for parental humiliation and childish glee."— The Boston Globe
About the Author
B.J. Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also acclaimed for his standup comedy, his performances in motion pictures, and his New York Times bestselling book of short stories, One More Thing. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature, B.J. lives in Los Angeles, California.
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What is it? It's a book aimed at younger audiences (I would say 10 and younger, with 3-6 being the likely sweet spot), and as advertised, there are no pictures. There isn't even a story with a plot. What this book does, and does beautifully, is get the adult who reads it to say silly things. The "rule" of the book is that you have to read what's written. Every word, even if it's not a real word. So you have to admit you're a monkey. Or that your best friend has a really silly name. Or that you are just reading some very funny-sounding non-words.
The concept works. You can have a book for young children that has no pictures. And they can, and almost certainly will, enjoy you reading it to them. You have to get into the reading to really make it work, but the reward of making a child laugh and smile is about the best motivation you can get. Which means I have no problem giving this book five stars.
The text implies, no - DEMANDS, a shared reading experience, in which an adult or older child must read the words on the page aloud, no matter how "completely ridiculous" they sound. Nonsense words, silly syllables for singing and even the requisite potty talk for good measure all coalesce in hilarious read-aloud fare. Although the closing pages beg the implied child reader to “please...choose a book with pictures” next time, most kids will become hooked on this picture-free adventure.
B. J. Novak, a television writer and comedian, takes the picture book to a whole new level and makes it work beautifully. How can that be you ask? Well the book is packed full of words....using creative style fonts, colours and sizes and the reader of the book must pledge from the very beginning to read every single word printed in that book, no matter what. The results of an obedient reader will bring hysteria, entertainment and engagement to the one being read to. The nonsensical words, fun phrases, silly syllables and potty talk will bring giggles and delight to listeners of all ages.
This unique and unconventional book of storytelling is truly storytelling at its best. Be sure to pick up a copy and start practising your ridiculous voices, contorted facial expressions and over dramatic moves as you open the cover to share this gem again and again. Trust me kids will not get enough of this book at one sitting....are you ready?
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Funniest book in a while. My kids (11 and 3) want me to read it every night! We love it and would recommend it to other parents out there who love laughter.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book to read to the kids. Our daughter loves having it read to her and its great fun to read.Published 2 months ago by Travis Hunt
This book is one of the best children's books I have seen. It gets the kids and adults laughing and it is something we read at least everyday in our house.Published 2 months ago by Natalie L
Can't say enough about this book. Hilarious. The kids can't get enough.Published 2 months ago by Sara B
Alot could have been done with this premise, alas it was not. Very short and uninspired book. My almost 4 year old asked me to stop reading it the second time through. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelvin Connelly