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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

12 Days of Picture Books: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

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Welcome back to the place that aims to please the reader in you...Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

As promised, we're back with ANOTHER great post for you today.  This time it's arriving via the #12DaysofPictureBooks celebration roving through the blogosphere right now with Penguin Books for Young Readers.

Time to dive back into the 12 Days of Picture Books celebration (already in progress) from Penguin Young Readers.  If you didn't already know, it stars 12 fabulous Picture Book titles from their recent catalog additions that would make a sweet addition to anyone's holiday reading, or shopping list.  I've actually featured a few of the titles here over the past several weeks and a few others are still to come, but without further ado, let's turn our attention to today's book of choice and "12 Days..." title....

The Book with No Pictures
B.J. Novak
Dial Books

From the back cover...

This book looks serious but it is actually COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS!

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...


That warning is definitely right track.
So, if you haven't guessed, the star of the show is a Picture Book, but this isn't just another addition to the genre.  It is unique, different, outside the box, cracked the get the picture, right?  GOOD!  I was running out of ways to describe its individualness without sounding funny.  ^-^  What's that?  I already was?  No worries...I'm good with this.

From the moment you turn the first page, the second you utter the first word (because it IS intended to read aloud), you know you're in for it.  What exactly it is is still to be determined, but something, something BIG indeed.  As you follow the narrator, nay BECOME the narrator, things take a turn for the HI-larious as you start to say words you'd never say, and revelations about yourself (according to the book) that would never pass your lips.  Things get even hairier as the story progresses and as the narrator, you practically BEG to stop reading this book because it's just TOO SILLY to continue.  Seriously, you snark and huff and puff and by the time you've shouted your last BONK through the pages, you've finally reached a fantastically funny end.

Who'd have thought?!  A Picture Book with no pictures.  It leaves the imagination fully open to take flight and the audience to their own devices as the story builds, asking them to BE the images they wished to see, to act out all that was read from the page and capture the magic lying in wait as they see fit.  It was a curious read to say the least, but SO MUCH FUN.  I can definitely see this one being asked for over and over in the classroom and at home, though I would warn them about  the amount of fun to be has once begun.

Recommended read for all ages.  There's not a soul that couldn't appreciate this well-intentioned story and a reader that couldn't use the break in their current schedule for an imagination filled adventure through the pages.


Special thanks to Rachel at Penguin Young Readers for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the full tour, or the publisher's ever growing catalog, be sure to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Need some ideas on what to give the readers in your life this holiday season?  Stop by the Penguin Young Readers Holiday Gift Guide to find the perfect gift and don't forget to stop by their FACEBOOK PAGE to enter to win some of the titles featured on the tour!

STAY TUNED right here as we explore a few others titles during this 12 day celebration of bookish wonders perfect for readers of all ages to discover under their trees (or menorahs, or however you visibly celebrate your holiday) this season.

Until next time...happy reading!


Tracy Terry said...

Even reading your review - out loud of course - is making me smile. This book sounds wonderful.

Barbara S said...

Thoroughly great book this is one to get on your holiday list y hanks for the info and heads up to our rewiewer

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