Book review: The book with no pictures

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Picture books have very much monopolised the market of books for little people.  American author, comedian and screen writer B. J. Novak (of The American Office fame) is releasing a book for small children that breaks the convention of traditional children’s books with “The book with no pictures.”

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The book with no pictures is just as it’s title suggests, a book with no pictures.  This is potentially a hard sell to young children and early readers but the book is more than just words on a page.

The book challenges the person reading it (an adult to a small child) with the proposition that due to the lack of images they must read everything on it’s pages.

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Once this initial law is in place the book begins forcing it’s reader to read nonsense words, proclaim they are a monkey who taught themselves to read and builds towards grand announcements about child they are sharing it with and bizarre words/noises that must be blurted out.

The book is a wonderful idea and with the right audience will be a huge hit.  Despite it’s lack of pictures it is still cleverly presented with interesting, colourful fonts to grab everyone’s attention.

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The book with no pictures is a welcome break from the norm in the ever expanding marketplace of children’s (picture) books.

Check out other books to share with your children.

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