Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Book With No Pictures

Big news, folks—I have a new, favorite read-aloud book! B.J. Novak--you might know him as Ryan from the TV show “The Office”--has written a hilarious new children’s book, his first (of many, I hope!), that is sure to have your kids laughing hysterically almost immediately. As the title suggests, The Book With No Pictures lacks an important picture-book ingredient, the pictures! With Novak’s wit and humor, however, illustrations will not be missed.

The book starts by saying that a book with no pictures probably seems like it’ll be no fun, just really serious and boring. It goes on to say, however, that the person reading the book has to say everything that is written in it…no matter what. From there, hilarity ensues. The reader is forced to say made-up words like “blork” and “bluurf” and silly things like, “I am a monkey who taught myself to read.” After each of the silly remarks, the reader says things like, “This book is ridiculous! Can I stop reading yet? NO?!? There are MORE pages?! I have to read the rest?!?!” This, my friends, is kid-humor at its finest.

And, in case the book wasn’t funny enough, you adults will get a kick out of the book jacket. In the back, where it has the usual blurb about the author, instead of a photo of B.J., it says: “B.J. has brown hair and blue eyes. There are pictures of him, but not in this book.” J

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