THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES
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. 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.
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.
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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.
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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: Children; Parents.
Fun, utter cuteness.
This book has no pictures. At first children might think this will be boring, until they discover that the book is going to force the adult reading it to say all sorts of ridiculous things. Children adore this.
Especially forcing adults who are known to be grumpy and serious to say silly things such as: Hopefully you love making small children giggle and squeal in delight. However, if you are too much of grump Fun, utter cuteness. However, if you are too much of grumpypants and think that reading this sort of thing is humiliating, you will HATE this book. But I think it's cute. Oct 04, Kate rated it did not like it Shelves: I'm sure this was a fun project for the author and netted him a good paycheck from parents who are fans of his acting work, but it's something you can easily skip as part of your library's collection.
Un libro que se lee en una sentada, una gran broma a los libros con dibujos. Oct 12, Toph rated it liked it Shelves: My sister read this to me in Barnes and Noble today.
So proud of how fast she can read and how many words she knows now! It was nice to see her try to pronounce all the gibberish words near the end, too: However, I guess I was expecting something a little more out of this book, something more innovative based on the unique title. First of all, the book has to be read aloud, which isn't a bad thing in and of itself, just something I wouldn't prefer. But my sister actually broke up with laugh My sister read this to me in Barnes and Noble today.
But my sister actually broke up with laughter while she was reading some of the silly stuff, so I guess I didn't hate that the words had to be spoken.
Also, this book doesn't go to a much deeper level beyond having kids say funny-sounding words and self-deprecating expressions for laughs. Mar 15, Selene rated it liked it. This is a fun children's book. Prepare for giggles galore with young children. There are no pictures and the book starts with plain, ordinary, black font.
Then it explodes with color and different fonts. Basically, the reader is at the whim of the author. The author gets the reader to read the most ridiculous things because, as the reader, you MUST read whatever the book says Even if you say things like, I am a monkey who taught myself to read So you get the idea. The reader sings a silly song and reads imaginary words as well. Now, some parents are picky about certain words, so if you can't handle reading the phrase, "boo boo butt", then skip this hilarious book.
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In my opinion, that's the only phrase that some might see as inappropriate. My kids took turns reading it with each other and even learned some new big words like ridiculous and preposterous , so I'm happy. Sep 30, Nadin Adel rated it did not like it. Ok, I understand the moral. However it is not fun at all! I would like to quote George Bernard Shaw when he said: Dec 06, AleJandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 30, Orsolya rated it really liked it Shelves: The learning-to-read process for children always includes the eventual climb from picture books to picture books with words and then finally, novels.
What if this was completely reversed and the first books for children had NO pictures?
In a sens The learning-to-read process for children always includes the eventual climb from picture books to picture books with words and then finally, novels. In a sense, the book has no plot and is simply colored words and phrases literally and figuratively but will induce laughter in children with their nonsensical meanings. One may think that young children are not interested in reading a book without pictures but think again: Yet, the attention span of children is not lost because they want to see the silly words and how they are spelled.
Again though, it helps that the text is presented in colored font so in a sense the pages still embody some artwork that children are used to.
Their laughter was genuine and they even asked Novak to read it again! Bottom line: Filled with silliness, humor, and encouraging novel reading; this kid-tested book is a solid winner. Dec 26, Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing. A book that absolutely demands to be read aloud is B. The title says it true — there are no pictures at all. What there is is lots of silliness that is all designed to push the poor adult reading the book aloud into more and more awkwardness.
While my 4th graders got a kick out of this one, I would guess it would be especially beloved and demanded over and over A book that absolutely demands to be read aloud is B. While my 4th graders got a kick out of this one, I would guess it would be especially beloved and demanded over and over by younger kids.
Yes, do look for it the next time you head to the library. Such a fun book!
On a side note, Noah seemed to have grown so much! I think Lauren will really enjoy it! THis book is really interesting!
I love how the words are illustrated.. Although no pictures but it was pretty! I saw this book on fb. So interesting. Yes, no harm trying! I was surprised that Noah enjoyed it too.
Think your son will like it as well. Have fun! This looks like a fun book. But my girls will probably not be amused by it at this stage cos they are super attracted by pictures and colours in their books. But this is one fun book to keep in the to-get list for sure. Thanks for sharing!
Maybe you can borrow it from the library to try it out with them? Let me know how it goes with your girls! It is as though the book is talking to the reader.
Yeah I think interactive books appeal to kids quite a bit. The Book with No Pictures Sample pages Noah was, as usual, very excited to see a new book waiting for him when he got home from school, and asked to read it before he took his nap. Ready to read before his nap http: Share this: Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest.
Comments Thanks for sharing this book! Hee, and of course I will look for the book in our libraries too!Skip to Content. Add to Cart. More filters. Readers also enjoyed. LO AMO. View all 12 comments. How old is your kid? Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
Only a few words per page in different colors and type size add to the fun, including the giant red name of a hippo: Yes, this book is funny.