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 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.
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 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.