Parents' Guide to

The Book with No Pictures

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

No pictures but oodles of silly words and giggles.

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age 4+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 4+

Lots of fun to read!

The Book with No Pictures hugely entertaining and delightfully silly book to read to and along with small children. It is sure to elicit lots of giggles from the orator and their audience! Makes a great gift for any 4-7 year old (or thereabouts).

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age 4+

Fun and interactive book with one minor flaw

We love this book in my family. I have a 5.5 yo and a 2.5 yo. They roar with laughter as I read the pages in silly voices. The one minor flaw is the inclusion of the word "butt" for the hippo friend "Boo Boo Butt." For those of us who discourage our kids from using that word,--or at least using it in a silly way--it was curious and disappointing to me to see it in the book.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Author B.J. Novak hilariously proves his point: that a book with only words can be as amusing and engaging as one with images. THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES is super silly and very clever as it panders to young kids' love of funny sounds, made-up words, and undignified words such as "butt."

Novak's comic timing is impeccable, his tone light. Kids will delight in seeing their parents or teachers compelled to say ridiculous things such as, "Yes, I am a monkey" and "my head is made of blueberry pizza." This radical non-picture book goes a long way toward fostering a love of reading -- robot voice optional.

Book Details

  • Author: B.J. Novak
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: September 30, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 8
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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