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The Book With No Pictures Hardcover – 4 Dec 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 239 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141361786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141361789
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.3 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliantly irreverent and very, very silly (Mumsnet Mumsnet.co.uk)

This is just a joy for all fathers who want to read more to their children - and anyone else! (The Guardian)

Huge fun (Alex O'Connell The Times)

The Book With No Pictures is SO MUCH FUN to read to your little ones! Blork! (Mother and Baby)

Inventive and anarchic (Lorna Bradbury The Telegraph)

The most talked about (non) picture book in recent years, The Book With No Pictures turns the notion of the picture book on its head (Parent Talk)

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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I heard of this and decided to try it with my son (just turned 4). We love books, we love pictures, he loves looking and talking about pictures, so to watch his reading behaviour as we 'read' this in bed was a learning experience.

With no pictures to look at, my son watched me. I'm not used to this, but soon discovered I loved making eye contact with him as I read and I became more facially expressive rather than just putting on voices. He was watching me, soon learning that there was nothing within the book to explore (though some pages contain highly-coloured text). An interesting experience.

The book itself is so much fun! It's unnerving (will your child rebel with no pictures?! what on earth will you be saying?! is there a story?!)

There's no story, it's an adult being silly, with silly words, silly voices, and making a fool of themselves for their child. On the second reading, my son was anticipating the 'silly' pages where you must sing songs, call yourself funny names and generally act like a bit of a wally. As I said - so much fun! We both loved it.

A novelty 'picture' book that I know has been tested with children older than mine, but does and can work with preschoolers (especially if you give it a read-through first to think about voices and timing). Be prepared to feel a bit of a plonker, and you'll both have a giggle with this.
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Really REALLY don't understand the (few) poor reviews of this book. It's all in the delivery and I guess if you read it to another adult then it might not be so cool. I read it in my head in the shop and thought my six year old would go nuts for it. How right was I??!

The next time I went in with him I read it to him and he was bent double laughing. The other little boy who was looking about came and sat with us too and listened for the second and third read through! They thought it was hysterical.

I do think it will depend how is is delivered and if that's done in a monotone manner it might not be so much fun. We do tend to talk about the pictures in a book but this time, we jsut talked about the words.... why is it so silly for a grown up to make these noises? Why did he think that particular bit was funny?
Needless to say, we have bought the book since our trip to the shop. I'll try it completely deadpan and see how that goes down ;)

love it.
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No matter how many times the children in my play setting hear this, they love it. The sheer delight of hearing adults 'obliged' to make numptys of themselves is a pleasure they never tire of. Even on the first read through with any given child, the 'Can I stop now' type questions are always met with a resounding 'No!' Highly recommnded as entertainment for children, but also as a fantastic exercise in reading with expression and a great confidence booster for adults who may feel a little self conscious about reading aloud/in public. Really, you just can't get through this without banishing that self consciousness far away!
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I'm just going to say it. I hate celebrity picture books. Celebrities have no business writing pictures books. Just because you're a good actor or singer or talk show host doesn't mean that you can write a clever and engaging story.

Unless, of course, you're B.J. Novak.

I was skeptical of The Book with No Pictures. Celebrity books are the bane of the children librarian's existence because everyone has to have them, but they're no good. They're not books I want to suggest parents read to their kids (so I don't. Suck it, Madonna). But THIS book is fantastic. I can't wait to use it in storytime myself. It plays! It sings! It's what a read-aloud ought to be- fun.

When books are fun, kids enjoy them. They want to read them. The Book with No Pictures is sure to be a winner with kids and their adults. I know I'm sold.
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Brilliant book that you children will enjoy. My year one class wanted me to read it again and again. They love it. Just a warning, you have to sell it to them to make this book a sucess. Be silly. That's the point
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Absolutely fantastic book! I read this to my year 1 class and they were in hysterics! They loved the fact that their teacher had to say silly words to them. Have bought an extra copy for the classroom!
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This book looks seriously boring...but open it up and magic happens. Read it aloud to your little people in a totally crazy, unabashed manner and you will be guaranteed to have your child making incredible belly giggles. Quirky concept to have a story book without a single picture, but it just goes to show that children only need a great story teller to let their imaginations run wild. Buy it, borrow it...you certainly won't regret it!
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Began reading this to my class of nine year olds. They were very sceptical at first, but once I began reading ALL of the words they became very involved and animated. Since then, have had several requests to read it again. That shows how much they enjoyed it. I loved their reactions!
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