It's nearly a requirement that The Book with No Pictures be read out loud, and with this much laughter and fun on the pages it's perfect for taking turns with a new. B.J. Novak sees his children's book as a “gateway drug to literature.” The book, quite literally, is what it says it's going to be: The Book With No Pictures, and, no, . The Book with No Pictures book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A book with no pictures? What could be fun about tha.
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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. No pictures but oodles of silly words and giggles. Read Common Sense Media's The Book with No Pictures review, age rating, and parents guide. 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.
And to my 4 and 6 year old nephews. This book is gold. Novak has underscored the power and importance of words. He does this in an entirely creative and entertaining way. This is a book meant to be read to kids by adults and reminds us of the jurisdiction an author has over a reader. In fact, the book comes with a very clever warning on the back cover: B. My wife laughed out loud.
I know how to spell Eleanor backwards, R. Hey, can we get back to the review now? YEAH, yeah, yeah yeah yeah! Anything else to say about the book?
I liked it at the beginning when it said, "Oh no I think that's what the book was trying to do. To make it look like I didn't want to read the book But did I want to read the book? Ready to read the review? For real though, she's tired. Lets go read it! View all 12 comments. Nov 01, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very, very good.
I got a weird look from a parent - it's sad that some don't understand the absolute importance of reading to their children! Review to follow.
I bought the book tonight, also. Love Booko. View all 6 comments. Jul 03, Kathrina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads is about to get slammed with reviews of this book, as Novak just presented at the closing session of the American Library Association Conference. And you know what? Novak is a very smart man. Being funny is such an unfair business; it seems a lot of people enjoy throwing a wet blanket on actors and writers who are funny. If it's not your brand of funny, then there must be something wrong with the writer, nev Goodreads is about to get slammed with reviews of this book, as Novak just presented at the closing session of the American Library Association Conference.
If it's not your brand of funny, then there must be something wrong with the writer, never the reader, and every point you make, even legitimate, insightful things that use humor as a vehicle, get slammed as peripheral, insignificant, or amateur, especially if that writer is successful in pop culture.
A lot of folks I observed weren't willing to give Novak the credit that is his due, simply because they see "celebrity" and stop listening. It's their loss. This book is not only a delightful tool for engaging young children in literacy that feels like play, but it is also making a very strong argument for the power of language that I would hope most librarians could appreciate.
A comic writer and stand-up comedian, if he wishes to appeal to an educated audience, makes it his business to understand language and how we manipulate it. He is exactly the right kind of person to be writing a children's book, because he is successful, not in spite of it.
I put this children's book right up there with Battle Bunny , another excellent story and argument for the creative linguistic powers of children learning to use stories in ways that matter to them, not the author, not the publisher, not the teacher. Both Scieszka and Novak give kids the driver's seat on the trip through story, and we should celebrate this early experience in agency with literacy.
Hey Novak, call me. View all 4 comments. Jan 10, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it Shelves: From the perspective of a children's librarian this book is fantastic for school visits and showing children books can be fun! If you have the right person reading it with all the voices, I can see this book being a gigantic hit with a lot of kids. I would do preschool age and up! View all 5 comments. Jul 06, Regina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Why didn't I think of this?
When I was a school librarian, and the Invention of Hugo Cabret was taking the library by storm, I had a ton of parents who couldn't understand why their 1st and 2nd graders were clamoring for the giant book.
They were always pleasantly surprised to find that the book was hiding a pretty big secret, the fact that the majority of the book was art. This book is kind of the opposite. Kids will feel like they're in on the secret. As the author shared with librarians as part Why didn't I think of this? As the author shared with librarians as part of his speech to the American Library Association, every kid who brings you a book to read to them is kind of a mini-producer.
They bring you their favorite story, knowing that you may be reading it but that they are in control.
You will huff and puff and blow the house down. You WILL make the scary voice of the witches. They own you. This book allows kids to see that power work for them in a way that gets their imaginations and giggles all going full speed.
True to title, there are absolutely no pictures in this book, not even the obligatory author photo on the book flap, but there are some amazingly ridiculous words, written in colorful and bold fonts. Kids, and adults. Trust me, I had five adults read this before I handed it to a child , start the book out hesitantly, wondering if they've made a mistake by choosing it, until they hit that first twist. Say what we will, but the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of people, not just kids, who run screaming from any and every book that is word-heavy.
For years, book snobs have, whether admitting it or not, equated someone's literacy skills based on whether they choose books with illustrations.
It's been a running joke for years. The beauty of this book is that it reminds not really teaches us that we can create the pictures in our own minds and that there is power in the written word. While reading, I could instantly identify the kids who would love it, and I'm sure this one will be a great storytime choice for teachers and librarians.
View 2 comments. Oct 24, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: The students I read this to during our reading time laughed at all the nonsense words that I had to utter.
I love the concept, but it was not really one of my favorite read aloud. View all 3 comments. Oct 29, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Parents Beware!!! This story, while without the traditional photos, is meant to suck you in and have you read to your child. The trouble is, the book's words go on a meandering journey where you are required to admit being a "monkey brain" and utter "bluuurp" on numerous occasions. Your child will laugh as Neo did at all the silliness that befalls you, but remember, some of us have done it before you and survived.
It has become Neo's favourite book ever Mar 14, Sophia Triad rated it it was amazing Shelves: My daughter brought me this book from the school library and insisted that I should read it to her immediately. So, yes I read the book out loud without realising what this was about.
Yes, this book has no pictures. Yes, this book is funny. Yes, I was wondering what the heck I was reading. Overall a very very very very pleasant experience. And obviously shows to the children who My daughter brought me this book from the school library and insisted that I should read it to her immediately. And obviously shows to the children who prefer picture books that books without pictures can also be interesting, funny, entertaining and worthy of rereading!
LO AMO. Apr 28, Morris rated it it was amazing Shelves: It calls for interaction between child and adult, and because it is fueled by imagination, the story can be wildly different every time. Novak really hit this one out of the park. Nov 04, Carmen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: See how we rate. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from site or iTunes when you use our links to make a download.
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