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What is it
The Book with No Pictures indeed has no pictures, but uses variations in typeface and color to create a very entertaining story that is a hit with young kids
The story is not about a character, but is instead about itself – about a book that has no pictures.
Who is it for
This is one that is meant to be read by an adult to children, so even children who can’t yet read will enjoy it. I would say ages 3 to 7.
What Kids Like
This book has been a hit with our 3-year-old and our 6-year-old, getting lots of laughs.
The premise is that the book ‘makes’ the parent say silly words and phrases against their wishes, which in a way puts the kids in charge.
What Parents Like
The book requires some acting on the readers part, and plays with the roles of parent and child in a fun way.
The Book with No Pictures isn’t about learning to read, or about a particular character, but is almost unique in how it’s about the relationship between parents and kids.
What the Critics Think
It was nominated for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Books
It was a hit at the pre-school as well, although the one teacher didn’t like the book’s use of the word, “butt”.
Warning: the book tends to animate, rather than calm the children, so is not a book to put them to bed.
Who Made it
The book was written by B. J. Novak, perhaps best known for his role in the TV show “The Office”.
Here he is reading it:
Published in 2014. More information at the official website
Where Can I Get it
The Book with No Pictures is available just about everywhere.
You can see a sample/preview on Google