The book with no pictures / B.J. Novak.

"In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what" --

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Novak, B. J., 1979- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Actor Novak's expert sense of comic timing is on full display in his first picture book, which, true to its title, only contains words on a white background. Different font types, sizes, and colors signal important changes in tone and voice to whomever is reading the story aloud (and the book's jokes rely on a readaloud setting). "It might seem like no fun to have someone read you a book with no pictures," Novak writes early in the book, his words set in a black serif font that all but demands a serious, James Earl Jones-style voice-over. Then the kicker: "Here is how books work. Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what." Cue sound effects ("BLUURF") and nonsense statements ("I am a monkey who taught myself to read") designed to make a laughingstock of the adult reader while keeping children howling, even as the reader's "voice" lodges its protests ("Wait a second-is this whole book a trick?"). A strong first showing for Novak that's sure to deliver big laughs. Ages 4-8. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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