Novak's aptly named book, The Book With No Pictures, teaches children that reading stories without illustrations can be just as – and sometimes more – entertaining than their counterparts. But what is even more impressive is the way the actor and comedian conveys this important message to kids in a way that really speaks to them.
Through this book, Novak lets kids in on a little secret: Whatever is written on the pages of the book must be said aloud by the reader, no matter how ridiculous. He goes on to tells kids that getting an adult to read them this story is a trick – one that comes with some unique onomatopoeias and classic child humor (i.e. "I'm a robot monkey" and "boo boo butt").
This approach is genius! After all, I'm sure you can remember being eight years old, giggling nonstop at what you thought was a hilarious answer to the age-old question: "Guess what?" (CHICKEN BUTT!)
The idea of The Book With No Pictures is a simple one, but somehow no one capitalized on it – until now. This unique take on a children's (anti-)picture book is one that I see having continued success. It will also surely be one that encourages children to ask – if not beg – adults to read to them.
If you wanted a great gift recommendation for a child you know this holiday season, this is it! Don't believe me? Here's what some critics have to say:
“This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s perfect for one-on-one sharing with a parent or caregiver. Expect requests for repeated readings.”
– SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Actor Novak’s expert sense of comic timing is on full display in his first picture book… sure to deliver big laughs.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Sure, it’s one joke, but it’s a great one, and kids will adore adults who commit to the ridiculous performance.” – BOOKLIST