Book Review Wednesday: The Book With No Pictures

Book Title:  The Book With No Pictures

Author: B.J. Novak

Genre:  Picture Book (or is it?), Fiction

Illustrator:  NONE!

Publisher:  Dial - 1st Edition  (September 30, 2014)

  • ISBN-10: 0803741715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803741713

Pages: 48

Ages: 4-8

Why Did I Choose It?  It was a book I had just read about on another blog, Julianna Lee - Crafting Stories and I spotted it on the shelf at Target during the Christmas season.  It was too tempting not to buy. The idea simply fascinated me.  My son adored it so I thought you might too!

A Bit From The Inside Cover:  A book with no pictures?  What could be fun about that? After all, if a book has no pictures, there's nothing to look at but the words on the page.  Words that might make you say silly sounds.... in ridiculous voices...  Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

My Review:  Well, it certainly passed the young child test!  My son laughed all the way through and made many funny faces which further delighted this reader.  It's a fun book to read;   you as the reader gets to use all sorts of voices as you read (or sing) nonsense words and imaginative sentences like "And now I am reading you this book with my monkey mouth in my monkey voice".  And it's really okay if you're not sure how to say, "Aiee!" or "Ba-Dooongy Face" because that's half the fun.  Just be sure that you're only friend in the world doesn't hear you read that "My only friend in the whole wide world is a hippo named Boo Boo Butt!" because, well.... oh, go ahead, it might make them laugh too!  This is a really fun book to read and a nice change in pace to the typical picture book!

Other Books By This Author: One More Thing:Stories and Other Stories (a book of short stories ;adult fiction)

For a wonderful read on Picture Books and Metafiction, take a look over at this blog post written by Patricia Toht on Group Blog!

6 thoughts on “Book Review Wednesday: The Book With No Pictures

  1. JEN Garrett

    During Christmas, I was hugging that book on the way to show it off to... Everyone - in school, with the family - EVERYONE. My kids all love that book and quote it often. The favorite insult during sibling rivalry is: "You are my only friend in the whole wide world." And that usually deconstructs the fight into giggles. Truly a treasure for any children's book shelf.

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