The Book With No Pictures Review

by B.J. Novak


Reviewed by Ruth Thomas

The Book With No Pictures became a No 1 New York Times bestseller in a matter of weeks and I eager to find out why so as soon as it arrived I tested it out on my other half (mid 40s).

The book is filled with only words, in different colours, sizes and fonts and forces the reader to say silly words. The intention of the book is simple; that you read whatever words are on the page, no matter what those words are. It begins with “I am a monkey who taught myself to read”, “And now I am reading you this book with my monkey mouth in my monkey voice”; I’m not sure what a monkey voice sounds like but I certainly gave it a go!

So when it came to reading the book to my 4½ year old niece I was excited to see her reaction, a book with no words would surely be boring in her opinion?

She loved it, in particular the fact that I had to say silly things that made her chuckle, her favourite lines being “and my head is made of blueberry pizza” and “I’m reading this to the best kid ever in the history of the entire world”

Laughter, silliness and fun are what the book invoked.

I really have to congratulate Novak for creating such a simple yet effective book that will certainly become a bedtime favourite as well as an early introduction to young children that books without pictures can be enjoyable, fun and a source of mischief.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £12.99 (hardback)

Available to buy from Amazon here.


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