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Friday Flips #28: The Book with No Pictures

It’s been a while since I wrote a Friday Flips post, and I thought I’d resume the series with this unique book, The Book with No Pictures, by B.J. Novak, aka Ryan of the hit TV series, ‘The Office’.

I’d heard about this book when it was first published, but never got around to reading it, since I didn’t think it would be something that Noah would be interested in. Like many other people, I thought it would be tough to capture a preschooler’s attention with just words on a page, especially since they aren’t able to read yet. ‘Young children NEED to look at pictures in books,’ I thought.

I chanced upon The Book with No Pictures at the library one day, flipped through it, and figured that there was no harm in borrowing it, just to see how Noah would respond to it. It looked like a fun book to read, and isn’t very wordy, so I thought Noah might like it.

The Book with No Pictures (Sample pages)


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Noah was, as usual, very excited to see a new book waiting for him when he got home from school, and asked to read it before he took his nap. He was really focused when I started reading it, but I was honestly worried that he would ask me to stop reading before I finished the book, as I still thought that he would get bored of just looking at the words on the page. However, I was pleasantly surprised when he let out a guffaw when I came to the part with funny “words”, and he couldn’t stop laughing as the book got sillier and sillier. Needless to say, we read the book quite a few times before I had to return it to the library, and Noah even tried pretending to be a robot monkey, when I read that bit in the book.

Ready to read before his nap


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Extremely amused by the book


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Pretending to be a robot monkey


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I liked how the book had absolutely no pictures in it, but made clever use of spacing, as well as different fonts and colours, to convey its message to the readers. The book breaks the fourth wall to connect with us, and I think that’s what makes it so appealing. The children feel as though they are in cahoots with the author to make adults read funny words and make odd sounds, which is really entertaining for them. Watch B.J. Novak’s reading of the book below to see what I mean!

B.J. Novak reads The Book with No Pictures


Happy reading!

Buy the Book The Book with No Pictures on Amazon The Book with No Pictures on Book Depository

Check out the previous Friday Flips posts HERE. I’ve also created a photo album on Facebook with some other good reads, and will be updating it whenever I come across more books that we enjoy. Do pop by for a look HERE.

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