A Review of ‘The Book With No Pictures’ by B.J. Novak

book no pictures

Puffin books £6.99 paperback

The Penguin website says:

‘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. And even if the words include things like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and MY HEAD IS MADE OF BLUEBERRY PIZZA!
That’s the rule. That’s the deal.

Brilliantly irreverent and very, very silly, The Book With No Pictures will delight kids and have them begging for more. From award-winning US comic writer and actor, B. J. Novak.’
Read an extract here


So what did I think?

B.J. Novak has a very impressive career history: comedian actor writer and tv exec producer, and his awareness of the audience and performing has been a key ingredient in making this book a big hit.

The book works on the simple premise that the reader MUST read whatever comes up on the page. That’s the deal. So no matter how silly or embarrassing it may feel to the reader, the text must be read out. The joke is on the grown up causing much hilarity to the children listening. And this is what makes it SO clever. It’s all about the reader-listener relationship.

This is a great book for teachers to entertain kids, and for parents to bond with their offspring, giving grown ups plenty of opportunity to show off.

So cast your inhibitions aside, and let your inner performer shine! But be warned: you’ll be asked to perform an instant encore.

This video shows how kids react, and is well worth a watch too.

Happy reading!

Pippa Wilson

21st March 2016

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