K-Gr 2—The actor (and writer, producer, and director) has penned his first picture book, but can it be called a picture book when there are no pictures? Entering the field of unique interactive books begging to be opened, including Hervé Tullet’s Press Here (Chronicle, 2011) and Adam Lehrhaupt’s Warning: Do Not Open This Book! (S. & S., 2013), this title will instantly intrigue children. Upon opening the book, readers are drawn in (“Here is how books work: everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what.”). What follows is an uproariously raucous time, with readers being forced to utter nonsense words (“blork,” “bluurf”) and phrases that will have young listeners in stitches (“And my head is made of blueberry pizza.”). Admittedly, there are no illustrations, but Novak has employed the use of various sizes of black typeface with expansive white space and color to highlight some of the text. 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.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
* ““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.”— Bustle.com
“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
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.
The Book with No Pictures Book
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 . . .
BLORK. Or BLUURF.
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.)