The Book With No Pictures Hardcover – 4 Dec 2014
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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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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.
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 ;)
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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My children of 4 and 7 love this, and it makes them giggle every time I read it.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic book. My children love this book. Brings back lots of enjoyment.Published 11 days ago by Suzanne Richardson-Foster
Great book, it's so different from all of the other books my 3 year old has and to be honest, it's probably slightly too old for him but I've enjoyed reading it to him and I think... Read morePublished 26 days ago by LSL
My 5 year old grandchild loves this book and returns to it time and time again with pleasure. He totally gets it.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is seriously great. So well written and presented. Children and adults will enjoy story time with this book.Published 29 days ago by Joel Bird
The first time was definitely the funniest as the element of surprise and novelty added to the fun but we're still enjoying the book several reads in...Published 1 month ago by Jenna Edwards