Saturday, September 30, 2017

Book Review: 'The Book with No Pictures' by B.J. Novak

The Book with No Pictures

B.J. Novak

Published: Oct 26, 2014
Category: Children
A book for 5-to-8-year-old children.
A book for 5-to-8-year-old children with no pictures.
A book for 5-to-8-year-old children with no pictures by a writer who’s never written anything for children.
And it’s rapidly climbing to the top of the children’s bestseller list.
If you know of B.J. Novak, it’s probably because you read the credits on “The Office,” a show that saw him shine in several identities: actor, writer, director, executive producer.
But you’re not reading this to find your next book.
This one is for the kids in your life. (Okay, and for the big kid trapped inside you who has to read the book aloud — the big kid who’d fall out laughing over “The Book with No Pictures.”)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth l0,000. Watch:
Do you love a 5-to-8-year-old enough to buy this book — and read it aloud? Sure you do. [To buy the book from Amazon, click here. To buy the Kindle edition — but really, why would you? — click here.]
Skeptics may ask: Was that video edited?
“They had to calm the kids down after I read the line ‘Boo Boo Butt,’” Novak reports. “We had to cut like 60 seconds out of the tape, because they’re going crazy. They’re practically running around. They had to do a whole ritual of ‘1, 2, 3, shhh’ to quiet them back down.”
Caution: This could happen to your kid, grandkid, nephew, miscellaneous youth. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
If you want an adult-sized serving of B.J. Novak, he’s published a book of short fiction, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.” [To buy the book from Amazon, click here. For the Kindle edition, click here.]

Editor's note: This review was written by Jesse Kornbluth and has been reposted with permission. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right

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