You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . Read more...
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You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here's how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .
BLORK. Or BLUURF.
Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.
Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Actor Novak’s expert sense of comic timing is on full display in his first picture book, which, true to its title, only contains words on a white background. Different font types, sizes, and colors signal important changes in tone and voice to whomever is reading the story aloud (and the book’s jokes rely on a readaloud setting). “It might seem like no fun to have someone read you a book with no pictures,” Novak writes early in the book, his words set in a black serif font that all but demands a serious, James Earl Jones–style voice-over. Then the kicker: “Here is how books work. Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what.” Cue sound effects (“BLUURF”) and nonsense statements (“I am a monkey who taught myself to read”) designed to make a laughingstock of the adult reader while keeping children howling, even as the reader’s “voice” lodges its protests (“Wait a second—is this whole book a trick?”). A strong first showing for Novak that’s sure to deliver big laughs. Ages 4–8. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Aug.)