The Book with No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures

by B. J. Novak, Busy Phillips

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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.
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 . . .
Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.
Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698176751
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 338,218
File size: 50 MB
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Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

B.J. Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also acclaimed for his standup comedy, his performances in motion pictures, and his New York Times bestselling book of short stories, One More Thing. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature, B.J. lives in Los Angeles, California.

What People are Saying About This

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"Conceptually radical . . . making the refreshing and contrarian case that words alone have sensory and imaginative vibrancy to spare."—Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review

• "“This book may not have pictures, but it's sure to inspire lots of conversations—and laughs . . . A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall.”"— Kirkus, starred review

"This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s perfect for one-on-one sharing with a parent or caregiver. Expect requests for repeated readings."—School Library Journal

"Actor Novak’s expert sense of comic timing is on full display in his first picture book . . . sure to deliver big laughs."— Publishers Weekly

"Listeners will be tickled by hearing adults say ridiculous things . . . The comic pacing and foolproof theatrics ensure a wild and silly trip through the pages for everyone."— The Horn Book

"This picture book with no pictures knows a thing or two about both books and kid-friendly comedy . . . Once children get the joke, they'll want to play it on as many of their grownups as possible."— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Unlike any of the children's books you read growing up."—

"Will have little ones laughing and finding a new appreciation for words."— Entertainment Weekly

"A perfectly-pitched tool for parental humiliation and childish glee."— The Boston Globe 

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The Book with No Pictures 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book to my four year old grandson who found it hysterical and had me read it over and over!  I read it to his seven year old brother last night and I could hardly read it to him because I saw the giggles of laughter emerging from the little guy!  I was laughing so hard I could hardly get through it.  I actually read it in front of my family and adults also thought it hysterical!  As an educator this book inspires so many ideas about creating our own "book without pictures"!!  One of my favorite  books ever for young and old!
JeniseRuss More than 1 year ago
My family just loves this book! We all read it differently to each other and thats the fun of it. I have 2 girls 7 & 10 and they could read it all day. A must buy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 5 yr old daughter, she loved it . She was laughing so much that it was hard to change the page.  she wanted me to read some of the pages again .
KRAVFUN More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for two of the teachers at my children's school. I hadn't read it, but watched the author read a bit of it on line to a group of school children. It is funny! And most of all it is fun for the reader who is hearing the book, and for the one who is reading it out loud. The teacher's loved it! Even my middle schooler loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I told my 5 years old son I bought a book with no pictures he was disappointed but then when i read it to him he was laughing so loud and he could't stop. The first day I had to read it 3 times!
mamasap29 More than 1 year ago
I saw this book in an online short review and it looked cute so I got it for my 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 year old grandsons. This book was a great hit, especially for the 4 1/2 year old. The first time I read it to him he was merely curious but each subsequent reading had him giggling in anticipation. He insisted on having every adult he came in contact with read it to him. He loved their reactions and he continued to enjoy the book. The 2 1/2 became more interested with each adult's rendition. I am going to be sure to put this one on my "must give" list for any young people I need to get a special gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner, according to my 3 1/2 yr old granddaughter. The adult (or older sibling) reading this book to a small child must get into it along w/the child... have fun... express your joy of gibberish as much as the child will... you'll both enjoy the time spent together with this book.
NVMerrell More than 1 year ago
Great book for little kids. It's very funny and just plain silly. I think this book could get kids to read more. I read it to my daughter's first grade class and I asked them to raise their hand if they liked the book. All hands shot up. It also makes a great bedtime story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my almost 6 year old grandson. He had everyone adult in the house reading it to him....laughing and loving it each time! It's a fun read.....I highly recommend The Book With No Pictures!!!!
AmiB More than 1 year ago
Every kid I've read this book to laughs and laughs and asks for it to be read again and again.
sweetquilter More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, silly, and fun! My student teacher read this book to my class...I'm going to use this too! Super tool to teach sentences and how to write...FUN!
18876111 More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I had to read this for school Even though this book doesn't have pictures, it's really cute. There's a lot of funny words, so this book should definitely be read out loud. This book is really great to read to kids and get them laughing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silly great for first and second graders but will also make a third grader laf out loud!!! Love it ??????????????????
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I did not think I would enjoy "The Book With No Pictures", but it ended up being one of my favorite children's books. It calls for interaction between child and adult, and because it is fueled by imagination, the story can be wildly different every time. B.J. Novak really hit this one out of the park.
Connie Froelich More than 1 year ago
There is nothing as sweet as the sound of a child laughing. If you want to make their day or may a great day out of an ordinary one - read this once and then again and listen to the giggles. Great Book!!
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
This is a laugh out loud book that must be read aloud to appreciate it. Very imaginative and fun1 Kids will love you getting dramatic as you read it to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this to my grandkids ages 2 and 6 and it was delightful giggles through the whole book. Then my 6 year old grandson wanted to read it to his sister. They love this book. Recently I dropped it off to their home so that my son and daughter-in- law could experience the fun. First thing the kids said was that book is funny!!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: This is a really fun book! I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it as much as my son did! We’re working on introducing the concept that not all books have pictures, but they’re still fun to read, and The Book With No Pictures was wonderful for that! My son was a little skeptical at first (as one would expect of a 2.5-year-old), but once my husband started reading all the silly words in funny voices, we started giggling together and having a great time! The Book with No Pictures is also a great lesson for parents on how to read aloud in order to keep small children engaged. (Hint: funny voices are key). Would I recommend it: The Book With No Pictures is my go-to gift for new parents! It should be in every child’s library. It’s fun, silly, and a great way for parents to interact and share a love of reading with their little ones. As reviewed by Sara at Every Free Chance Books.
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Bought this as a birthday gift for a 5 y/o but read it to our grandson first. He laughed so hard, he had every adult he knew read it out loud, and then he read it to his little brother over and over. Then wanted to take it to school and have his teacher read it to the class. What could we do but buy another copy? From now on, this book is going to be our Go To book for kids.
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TFred More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I asked the 1st grade teacher whose room I volunteer in if I could read it to the kids on my last day with them before I left on a trip for a month. They were more quiet and attentive than I had ever seen them! They LOVED it! The school librarian had heard of it and was overjoyed when I donated a copy to the library in memory of my aunt, who was a champion of children's literature and literacy. Way to go, Mr. Novak!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I work in an elementary school library. It is constantly checked out! The kids love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter begs for me to read this to her Everynight before she goes to bed. My brother bought it for her for Christmas and it was easily the best gift she got all year!