What good is a picture book with no pictures? Funny guy B.J. Novak writes a picture book aptly named “The Book with No Pictures” that has — no surprise — no pictures. It’s a book that kids will love (notwithstanding no pictures as aforementioned) and that parents (and teachers) will love to read aloud.
“The Book with No Pictures” is clever and humorous. Kids will really, really love it when an adult reads it with feeling. The premise of the book is that “Here is how books work: Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say.”
The text then continues to relate that the person has to read the words no matter what they are. And the words that appear on the following pages are funny. “BLORK” is written in large red letters, and in smaller letters the readers will say “Wait — what? That doesn’t even mean anything.”
And the fun continues with the larger text of the “story” and the smaller text of the reader’s commentary. The large red text says, “I am a monkey who taught myself to read.” And the smaller text has the reader protesting, “Hey! I’m not a monkey!” As one might imagine, young children will be rolling on the floor at this point. They will love it!
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers, for review purposes.
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