Quick Pick:


The Book With No Pictures


Dial Books for Young Readers


by BJ Novak


Reader Appeal: Young children (and their parents)


Genre: Picture Book


PopFam Rating: A


Quick Summary: Generally speaking, actors writing children’s books is a waste of time, but BJ Novak (The Office) is trying to change that. Novak’s innovation is a children’s picture book that—literally—has no pictures in it. This text-only phenomenon uses verbal slapstick and playful nonsense to make reading fun for both parent and child. The actor says he got the idea when reading a picture book to a friend’s child. “They basically just hand you a script and you have to read every word,” he says. “So I thought it would be funny if kids saw a book as playing a prank on the reader.” Mission accomplished BJ—and fun for all ages to read aloud.


Note: All product-related graphics in this article are standard publicity/promotional shots and are owned by their respective publisher.

Reprint an Article - Free