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Book Talk Tuesday: The Book with No Pictures

 B.J. Novak from The Office fame has branched out as an author of a children’s books. And his first book is a book with no pictures. A book with NO PICTURES?  YES!  And it is hilarious!  Your kids will want you to read it again and again.  Novak is trying to teach your children what reading is really about. It’s about words on the page, and your students are  forced to rely on you (the reading-aloud adult) for entertainment. True to its title Novak’s book features no illustrations, just words in large typeface floating on the pages. “It might seem like no fun to have someone read you a book with no pictures,” the book states, before explaining how picture books work: “Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what.” Pretty quickly you will be pronouncing silly words, making fun of yourself (“I am a robot monkey”) and praising the child as “the best kid ever in the history of the entire world.” 

You can watch him read the book by clicking on the video below.  

If you have a book you'd like to share, you can link up below or leave a comment.
Happy Tuesday, y'all!


  1. One of my first graders brought this book in to share with the class today, (What are the chances?!) and the whole class, myself included, was howling with laughter. What a great find! Definitely ordering a copy for myself!

  2. I would love to hear ideas of how teachers have used this book in their classrooms - to extend the joy! My son's copy arrived today - but I may have to borrow it ;)

  3. I literally read this book to my kinders this morning and they went NUTS for it! They all asked me to read it again throughout the entire day. So, naturally, I caved and read it again at the end of the day! I used it as a way to discuss with my kiddos how what they write can really put "pictures in our minds." My *new* all-time favorite book! :) It's a must purchase!

  4. I've watched the video & was intrigued. Now, after reading this post, I know I'll need to pick this up! Thanks for the weekly link-up :) Jen

  5. I am so excited to get this book! I often read books without showing my students the pictures on the first read allowing them to visualize as I read. So happy you shared this book!!



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