‘The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak – Review and Giveaway

If you read my children’s gift guide post you’ll, already, know my thoughts on how important it is for people to remember to give books as gifts at Christmas time. The magic of a book is something that a lot of people don’t always value, but if we can take a few minutes out of a day to read with our children they can grow up knowing the love of books.

I don’t, actually, have a picture of the book to show you, I was sent a PDF copy to review… but I think that’s quite fitting when you consider the book is ‘The Book with No Pictures’ – The front cover is plain white with giant text, left oriented, nothing more special than that. That said, the authors name, B.J. Novak is in blue, so I guess they pushed the boat out a little, there, hehe.

From the first time I saw a video of this book being read to a class of children I could sense the magic in it, all books have magic, but there’s something very special about this one. The concept is basic… there’s no pictures which is, of course, Totally boring… though, actually, it’s not.

When you read this book you Have to say everything that comes up on the page… Even if the word says BLORK or BLUURF or, even if it makes you declare that you’re a monkey that can read. And, so you see, here’s the magic of the book – It controls grown-ups and makes them daft.

I think it’s safe to assume that all children, under a certain age, will find joy in this book, especially if it’s read by a parent or, even better, a teacher, and that includes Ethan, he’s a big big fan of everything silly haha! The book, though, is about more than fun and jokes, there’s a really important message hidden in these pages – As much as we like pictures, the beauty of the book is in the words. I think that this is such an important message for children to learn, especially when they’re learning to read.

At school Ethan is taught to help use the picture work out the words but, being the sneaky 4yo that he is, he’ll often try to bypass the words altogether and work out the whole book based upon the pictures. I can imagine this is the same for a lot of children, it’ll take a while before they realise that the pictures are a beautiful way to illustrate the words but that the words are where the story really is. 

I think the video, above, tells you enough about the book but I’m really pleased I’ve been able to add my opinions and my thoughts in to it.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of this book for the child/children in your life (or maybe you don’t have children and you just want to donate it to a school to make the parents of Those children say silly words when they bring it home!)  then just enter via the rafflecopter below. As always, it’s all quite simple, there’s T&C’s below the widget and good luck!

– You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway

– The Giveaway is open within the UK only
– The winner will be picked, randomly, via Rafflecopter
– I will need to pass the winners details on to the company who I’m running this giveaway with, for them to sort out your prize.
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– There will be one winner
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 14th December 2014

I was sent a pdf copy of this book to review, but all opinions are my own and are honest

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  1. Tracy K Nixon December 1, 2014 / 10:25 am

    Mmmm not sure I think one of my very first reading books at school with Dick, Jane and Spot the dog. I remember one of the books having the word 'look' or 'see' on every page lol!

  2. mummy24 December 2, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    Father Christmas needs a pee!


  3. maci234 December 2, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    captain underpants

  4. YOLANDA DAVIS December 2, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy. It didn't make any sence to me.

  5. Faded Seaside Mama December 2, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    I love the Winnie the Pooh stories as they have something nonsensical about them without being overtly so.

  6. Monica Gilbert December 3, 2014 / 3:15 am

    Where the Sidewalk Ends (or any books by Shel Silverstein)

  7. lynn heath December 3, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    The silliest book is one the kids have called the super smelly alien – it really does smell!!!!

  8. Isis1981uk December 4, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    A book about pants my friends' kids had!

  9. Angela December 8, 2014 / 11:01 pm

    I think all of Dr Seuss's books are super silly, but incredibly meaningful too. My all time favourite however has to be "Oh the places you will go" silly, super and beautiful x

  10. Aaron Broad December 10, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    The Mr men books were pretty silly, good though

  11. Susan Dougill December 12, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    Santa Pants – my son found it very funny (crochet addictuk)

  12. Anonymous December 13, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    I loved the Mr Men and Little Moss books which are very silly!!!

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