Book review #280: The Book with No Pictures #bookaday

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novakby B.J. Novak
Picture book?????
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 1.6
4 out of 5 stars

WARNING TO ADULTS: Do NOT attempt to read this book alone! Serious stuff will happen to you if you do, like…you might not really get the wonderful appeal of a picture book with NO pictures. Yep, zilch, zero, nada, not a one! The key ingredient needed to make this book come to life is a child. Or better yet, a group of children.

You might recognize the name B.J. Novak, he was a writer and actor on The Office. He was interested in writing a book for children and had an amazing realization one day wheCast photo of The Officen reading to a friend’s two-year-old child — you MUST read every word written. He told the audience at the American Library Association conference, “The adult is supposed to be in charge, but also, a reader has to read every word in a book. I thought, what if I could design a book that introduced kids to the power of the written word by showing them how to abuse that power? A book that a kid could hand to an adult, knowing it was going to force the adult to say silly things?”

This book will absolutely delight young listeners and it guarantees giggles and guffaws galore! You can read this book with great drama or in a totally serious tone, and either one will be hysterical, because who can not laugh at a robot monkey voice or when someone says, “Boo Boo Butt?!”

B.J. Novak’s keynote address to the American Library Association

He discusses what inspired the idea and his very unique writing process.

B.J. Novak reading parts of the book to children

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