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Picture Book Review: The Book with No Pictures

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Picture Book Review: The Book with No Pictures

There seems to be a bit more suspense and higher stakes in certain parts with the movie. Perhaps that is what it is. Plus, Danny DeVito is fantastic.

Review Date: September 21st, 2016

Written by: B.J Novak

Cover Copy

WARNING! This book looks serious but it is actually COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS! If a kid is trying to make you read this book, the kid is playing a trick on you. You will end up saying SILLY THINGS and making everybody LAUGH AND LAUGH! Don’t say I didn’t warn you… 


Despite this book having, as you may gather from the title, no pictures, we thoroughly enjoyed it. As a lover of all things “words” I was actually really excited when I spotted this book at the store. I didn’t really know what to expect when I opened it up, so it was a great surprise when we started reading it.

The concept of this book is really clever, which is no surprise, since I have read other stuff by B.J. Novak and found him to be a very clever writer. Plus, he’s funny! And this book is definitely funny as well.

If, like me, you enjoy reading aloud with your kids and making a bit of a production about it, you are going to have a blast with this one. Although, it might be even funnier if the parent reading this one doesn’t usually read aloud that way, as it makes you say some pretty silly things. And it’s always funnier when the silly things are said by someone you least expect to say them!

Baby Ratings

  • Tear & Fold Resistance: 7/10
  • Font Readability: 10/10
  • Baby Engagement: 8/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 10/10


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Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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