The Book with No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures

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by B. J. Novak
     
 

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A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.
You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it

Overview

A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.
You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .
 
BLORK. Or BLUURF.
 
Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.
 
Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

Editorial Reviews

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014

This supremely silly, entirely endearing book is one of the year’s most delightful surprises. B.J. Novak understands that if there’s one thing kids like even better than pictures, it’s nonsense words. Even better? Hearing nonsense words read aloud by your parents. We’ve yet to make it through this one without the kids collapsing into fits of giggles (usually we don’t even make it past “a hippo named Boo Boo Butt”). See all of the Best Kids’ Books of 2014.

The New York Times Book Review - Mark Levine
…raucous and illuminating…a formalist free-for-all…
Publishers Weekly
06/30/2014
Actor Novak’s expert sense of comic timing is on full display in his first picture book, which, true to its title, only contains words on a white background. Different font types, sizes, and colors signal important changes in tone and voice to whomever is reading the story aloud (and the book’s jokes rely on a readaloud setting). “It might seem like no fun to have someone read you a book with no pictures,” Novak writes early in the book, his words set in a black serif font that all but demands a serious, James Earl Jones–style voice-over. Then the kicker: “Here is how books work. Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what.” Cue sound effects (“BLUURF”) and nonsense statements (“I am a monkey who taught myself to read”) designed to make a laughingstock of the adult reader while keeping children howling, even as the reader’s “voice” lodges its protests (“Wait a second—is this whole book a trick?”). A strong first showing for Novak that’s sure to deliver big laughs. Ages 4–8. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"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 

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
K-Gr 2—The actor (and writer, producer, and director) has penned his first picture book, but can it be called a picture book when there are no pictures? Entering the field of unique interactive books begging to be opened, including Hervé Tullet's Press Here (Chronicle, 2011) and Adam Lehrhaupt's Warning: Do Not Open This Book! (S. & S., 2013), this title will instantly intrigue children. Upon opening the book, readers are drawn in ("Here is how books work: everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what."). What follows is an uproariously raucous time, with readers being forced to utter nonsense words ("blork," "bluurf") and phrases that will have young listeners in stitches ("And my head is made of blueberry pizza."). Admittedly, there are no illustrations, but Novak has employed the use of various sizes of black typeface with expansive white space and color to highlight some of the text. 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.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-07-16
This book may not have pictures, but it's sure to inspire lots of conversations—and laughs. Television writer, actor and comedian Novak delivers a rare find, indeed: a very good celebrity picture book. It doesn't even seem fair to call it such, since it has nothing to do with his Emmy Award-winning writing for The Office or the fame his broader career has afforded him. The jacket flap even eschews a glossy photo, instead saying "B.J. has brown hair and blue eyes," in order to keep with the book's central conceit. What this book does have is text, and it's presented through artful typography that visually conveys its changing tone to guide oral readings. Furthermore, the text implies (or rather, demands) a shared reading transaction, in which an adult is compelled to read the text aloud, no matter how "COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS" it is. Employing direct address, it pleads with the implied child listener to allow him or her to stop reading. Nonsense words, silly words to be sung and even a smattering of potty talk for good measure all coalesce in riotous read-aloud fare. Although the closing pages beg the implied child reader to "please please please please / please / choose a book with pictures" for subsequent reading, it's likely that this request will be ignored. A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803741713
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/30/2014
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
981
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"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 

Meet 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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The Book with No Pictures 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book to my four year old grandson who found it hysterical and had me read it over and over!  I read it to his seven year old brother last night and I could hardly read it to him because I saw the giggles of laughter emerging from the little guy!  I was laughing so hard I could hardly get through it.  I actually read it in front of my family and adults also thought it hysterical!  As an educator this book inspires so many ideas about creating our own "book without pictures"!!  One of my favorite  books ever for young and old!
JeniseRuss More than 1 year ago
My family just loves this book! We all read it differently to each other and thats the fun of it. I have 2 girls 7 & 10 and they could read it all day. A must buy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 5 yr old daughter, she loved it . She was laughing so much that it was hard to change the page.  she wanted me to read some of the pages again .
KRAVFUN More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for two of the teachers at my children's school. I hadn't read it, but watched the author read a bit of it on line to a group of school children. It is funny! And most of all it is fun for the reader who is hearing the book, and for the one who is reading it out loud. The teacher's loved it! Even my middle schooler loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I told my 5 years old son I bought a book with no pictures he was disappointed but then when i read it to him he was laughing so loud and he could't stop. The first day I had to read it 3 times!
mamasap29 More than 1 year ago
I saw this book in an online short review and it looked cute so I got it for my 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 year old grandsons. This book was a great hit, especially for the 4 1/2 year old. The first time I read it to him he was merely curious but each subsequent reading had him giggling in anticipation. He insisted on having every adult he came in contact with read it to him. He loved their reactions and he continued to enjoy the book. The 2 1/2 became more interested with each adult's rendition. I am going to be sure to put this one on my "must give" list for any young people I need to get a special gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner, according to my 3 1/2 yr old granddaughter. The adult (or older sibling) reading this book to a small child must get into it along w/the child... have fun... express your joy of gibberish as much as the child will... you'll both enjoy the time spent together with this book.
NVMerrell More than 1 year ago
Great book for little kids. It's very funny and just plain silly. I think this book could get kids to read more. I read it to my daughter's first grade class and I asked them to raise their hand if they liked the book. All hands shot up. It also makes a great bedtime story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my almost 6 year old grandson. He had everyone adult in the house reading it to him....laughing and loving it each time! It's a fun read.....I highly recommend The Book With No Pictures!!!!
AmiB More than 1 year ago
Every kid I've read this book to laughs and laughs and asks for it to be read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this to my grandkids ages 2 and 6 and it was delightful giggles through the whole book. Then my 6 year old grandson wanted to read it to his sister. They love this book. Recently I dropped it off to their home so that my son and daughter-in- law could experience the fun. First thing the kids said was that book is funny!!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: This is a really fun book! I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it as much as my son did! We’re working on introducing the concept that not all books have pictures, but they’re still fun to read, and The Book With No Pictures was wonderful for that! My son was a little skeptical at first (as one would expect of a 2.5-year-old), but once my husband started reading all the silly words in funny voices, we started giggling together and having a great time! The Book with No Pictures is also a great lesson for parents on how to read aloud in order to keep small children engaged. (Hint: funny voices are key). Would I recommend it: The Book With No Pictures is my go-to gift for new parents! It should be in every child’s library. It’s fun, silly, and a great way for parents to interact and share a love of reading with their little ones. As reviewed by Sara at Every Free Chance Books.
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Bought this as a birthday gift for a 5 y/o but read it to our grandson first. He laughed so hard, he had every adult he knew read it out loud, and then he read it to his little brother over and over. Then wanted to take it to school and have his teacher read it to the class. What could we do but buy another copy? From now on, this book is going to be our Go To book for kids.
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TFred More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I asked the 1st grade teacher whose room I volunteer in if I could read it to the kids on my last day with them before I left on a trip for a month. They were more quiet and attentive than I had ever seen them! They LOVED it! The school librarian had heard of it and was overjoyed when I donated a copy to the library in memory of my aunt, who was a champion of children's literature and literacy. Way to go, Mr. Novak!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I work in an elementary school library. It is constantly checked out! The kids love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter begs for me to read this to her Everynight before she goes to bed. My brother bought it for her for Christmas and it was easily the best gift she got all year! 
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Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Ready?  Hold on because I am highlighting a book today that is so out-of-the-box that no words can even explain it.  This book only uses words to convey the best reading experience to-date that I have come across in the world of children's books in a long, long time, and true to its title, it contains no pictures.  Yep, you heard me right...a picture book with NO pictures.  Who thought it could be done?.... and in excellence.  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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read...didn't get as many laughs as I thought I would considering all the reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago