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