- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- 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 (254 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
B.J. Novak, the author, is a well known, actor, director and writer. 'The Office' is one of the television shows he has written for. He is also a stand up comedian, and his humor comes through loud and clear in this children's book. This is not just a book for children, it is for adults, also. This is a book with no pictures. However, there are plenty of words, words galore!
Parents/teachers will greatly enjoy reading this book to their children. And, the children will ask their adults to read this book over and over to them. The humor is directed at a child's age between 5-7. The adult reads the book, and must read every word, that is one of the rules. And, the words are pretty darn funny. The adults will be laughing along with the children, Boo Boo Butt. No bad words, just funny words, and this gives the adult a chance to use different kind of voices with different enunciation. I enjoyed this book immensely, and that was before I read it to my granddaughter.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 03-06-15
Judging by the reviews I'd read, it appeared to encapsulate two apsects of my love of interaction with my kids; both reading and talking nonsense (alongside sense) with them in order to develop their confidence with, and love for, playing with words in both written and verbal form. So I bought it as a last minute extra christmas present for my seven year old.
But, by the time the three minutes it has just taken me to read the book were up, it was straight back in the packaging for return tomorrow...
The basic concept is sound enough - I'd go as far as to say it's mildly fun while it lasts - but last it doesn't, and I really can't see my daughter returning to it following the inaugural run. Heres why (in my humble opinion):
- the entire first quarter of the book simply sets the context for what's to follow, no messing around (the fundamental point) until pg.11 of 45
- what follows is chortle-worthy but there's significant amounts of filler alongside the few pages of 'skylarking'
- averaging roughly 10 words per page (and picture-free as you'll have already gathered) it's minimalist in content to say the least
- why does a 45 page, sub-500 word children's book need to be published in hardback? It's nicely designed but I'm not buying it for its aesthetics.
I'm genuinely no miser; call me bah humbug but it ain't worth the money.
If you want better quality verbal nonsense repartee/horseplay with your kids, just engage with them yourselves.
If you're seeking better quality written educational nonsense for your kids, stick with Lear or Carroll et al. And if you want to combine the two, just read it out with them.
Were it a fiver I probably wouldn't have left a poor review (my first ever) but at over a tenner, I had to give my two-penneth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Four year old loves it. The last few pages are a bit boring for me but overall he loves the silly bits. Nice change. He requests it almost every night!Published 7 days ago by kathM
Only a few pages, probably less than 100 words but my 3 and 6 year old love this book. It is the opposite of the excellent Goth Girl which is my daughter's current read to herself... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Cantankerous
Just a brilliant and lovely book - I bought an extra one for the school because it really does celebrate the beauty and power of reading to children. Read morePublished 29 days ago by breadesign
very popular in our house.
We're asked to read it almost every bedtime and it always results in LOTS of giggles at the silly things mum and dad have to say.
My children love this book and laugh at it lots, although I think the novelty may wear off pretty quickly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kate Baxter
Love this weird and wacky book that was bought as a fathers day present for my partner to read to our daughter.
He thinks it's odd and she thinks it's brill
A strange book that my Granddaughter absolutely loves !
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