Format: Audiobook (courtesy of Penguin Audio)
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
This innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any listener into a comedian.
You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here's how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say....BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.
Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)
I was so happy to get a copy of this audiobook for review! I hadn't heard of it until then, but I just knew it was a book my son would love. I played it for him today, and we both sat there laughing through the entire thing.
About the audiobook:
BJ Novak is hilarious! His inflection changes as the words change, and it had even me laughing. The audiobook is great, even if it feels a bit short (be prepared to hit replay to listen to it again...and again, and again). If you aren't feeling up to reading this and sounding silly (oh, come one, what are you afraid of?), or if your child keeps asking you to read the book over and over, the audiobook is the perfect solution. The only downside I can see is that now I want a copy in book form, so I can read it to my son myself. :)
About the book:
In a way, it reminds me of one of my favorite children's books: The Monster At The End of This Book. It calls for the reader to be interactive with the words, meaning that each time it is read, the result can be made new and fresh, creating laughs long after the child has memorized the words--and if my son is any indication, your children will memorize them, only to repeat them back to you.
It was a fun experience for the both of us. This is the perfect book for young children, as they get to hear their parent--(or any other person who reads it to them--speak utter gibberish, and say funny and completely insane things. It's fun to let loose once in a while, and this book facilitates that.
Edit: We have since played this for my nieces and nephews, after my son begged me to let them hear it during a sleepover. It was such a hit! I had to play it three times over, while five children from the ages of 2-9 laughed and giggled, and shook the entire bed.
Some quotes from these kids:
Reader: "Can I please stop reading this book?"
Four children: "No!"
Fifth child: "Never!"
Reader: "Next time, PLEASE choose a book with pictures."
Three children: "Nope!"
Reader: "The end."
2-year-old: "Again! Again!"
...you have children, or like to let your own inner child out.