Review: The Book With No Pictures by B J Novak

What an appealing book cover! Well, not exactly, but it is a little intriguing isn’t it? Shall we see what’s inside? Go on then….

Hmm. So far I’m not convinced this is the right book for my 4 year old, but let’s give it a chance. So, I have to say all the words in the book, out loud. No matter what they say. Ok, I can do that…

Oh! The 4 year old’s face lights up, neither of us were expecting that! From here it gets worse (or better, if you’re the child), with not a single picture throughout but lots of silly words and phrases taking their place. A bit like this…

Like most parents, I thought books for young children (who can’t yet read) required pictures. But here the words act as pictures. Even if the child isn’t able to read it they can see the style of text and recognise it as a ‘sound effect’ word which will be read to them in a silly way!

I honestly didn’t expect us to enjoy this book as much as we have, but it really works and entertains both the child and the reader. I don’t think it’s one we’ll be taking with us on the train or to the dentist’s waiting room any time soon though.

B.J. Novak is best known as an actor, writer, and producer of “The Office” in the US. The Book With No Pictures has been an instant hit in the US, prompting a reprint quantity of 500,000 copies within three weeks of publication. This book is best read out loud and you can see B.J. Novak’s hilarious reading of the book in the video below.


We received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.

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