The Book With No Pictures – Book Review

When my husband goes to the supermarket, he always brings home a book for the children. A few weeks ago, after a trip to one of our local shops, he came home armed with bags of groceries as usual, and a book for the kids, as usual. But, there was something quite unusual about the chosen book, ‘The Book With No Pictures’. What is so unusual about it? Well, the name might give you a clue.

The book with no pictures

The Book With No Pictures was written by B.J. Novak, who you may recognise from the American version of The Office. It is a children’s book with, as the title suggests, no pictures. None at all. I’m sure that sounds pretty boring. As this book is aimed at younger children (I’d say 4-8, but younger or older children might enjoy it too) I wondered how it could have no pictures but still engage and excite the way a book should. With it’s monochrome cover, I guess it looks pretty boring too, but all is not as it seems.

the book with no pictures

Just reading the little blurb on the back cover will give you an idea of what is to come. It reads:

“If a kid is trying to make you read this book, the kid is playing a trick on you. You will end up saying SILLY THINGS and making everybody LAUGH AND LAUGH! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…”

We didn’t read the blurb so we didn’t really have any idea what the book was about, which I think made it all the more fun for the kids. The basic idea is that you have to say all of the words in the book (just like you do with any book, I guess), but some of the words are very silly and will make you sound like a bit of a fool. Words like ‘blurf’ and ‘boo boo butt’. I feel silly just writing them.

the book with no pictures

The kids absolutely loved it. I don’t remember them laughing as much at a book in a long time. Here is what they had to say about it afterwards:

Caitlin – “It’s weird, because books are meant to have pictures, but it’s really funny.”

Neil – “It was good because it looked like it was going to be boring but it wasn’t. It made me laugh”

We really enjoyed reading it together. It’s one of those books that the kids like to read over and over again, because it’s just a little bit silly. Each time we read it, it’s guaranteed to get a laugh. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone that wants a bit of a giggle.

The Book With No Pictures is published by Puffin Books and is available from book shops with an RRP of £6.99, although we picked this up from Asda in their two for £7 deal! Find out more about the book here.

Linking up with Kids Love To Read & Read With Me

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  • Reply Rachelswirl April 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Love the look of this, will add it to my daughters birthday list.

    • Reply Lauren April 17, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      It is a lot of fun Rachel, I’m sure your daughter will love it!

  • Reply Catie; An imperfect Mum April 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I really like the look of this and the teacher in me also loves the way that the text is represented in different ways. I really like how you have included your children’s opinions in your review!!! Thanks for co-hosting! #KLTR
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  • Reply Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons April 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I love the sound of this – I can often be a little bit too serious about reading, and I think I’d find that very difficult with this one! One to keep in mind for a few years time I think! Thanks for hosting and promoting 🙂 #KLTR
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  • Reply Chantelle Hazelden April 19, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    This is a favourite with my children, I actually gave our hardback copy to the girls school for the other kids to enjoy 🙂 thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe
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  • Reply Laura's Lovely Blog April 24, 2016 at 8:29 am

    When I first saw the book, like you I thought it was going to be boring, but it looks like absolutely great fun! Thanks for being my guest co-host on #kltr this month 🙂

  • Reply Mummy and the Mexicans April 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    This sounds like great fun! I do like a bit of silliness and giggles. I did wonder at first how a book with no pictures could be interesting for small kids, especially ones who are only just learning to read, or can’t yet read. Now I know! #KLTR
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  • Reply Laura May 6, 2016 at 7:20 am

    This looks so fun and unique, and a great way of engaging with your kids. Must check this out #kltr
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