Curbside pickup and returns now available at 26 locations. View updated hours of operations here.

The Book with No Pictures
(Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(10)
4 star
 
(1)
3 star
 
(0)
2 star
 
(0)
1 star
 
(1)
Author:
Published:
Penguin Young Readers Group 2014
Lexile measure:
490L
Status:
Checked Out
Description
A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader 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.)
Also in This Series
Formats
Kindle Book
Works on Kindles and devices with a Kindle app installed.
Need Help?
If you are having problem transferring a title to your device, please fill out this support form or visit the library so we can help you to use our eBooks and eAudio Books.
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
Format:
Kindle Book, OverDrive Read
Street Date:
09/30/2014
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780698176751
ASIN:
B00INIXTKE
Lexile measure:
490
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

B. J. Novak. (2014). The Book with No Pictures. Penguin Young Readers Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

B. J. Novak. 2014. The Book With No Pictures. Penguin Young Readers Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

B. J. Novak, The Book With No Pictures. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014.

MLA Citation (style guide)

B. J. Novak. The Book With No Pictures. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014. Web.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Copy Details
LibraryOwnedAvailable
Shared Digital Collection20

There are 3 holds on this title.

Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
cccc37c3-a004-4b2f-1145-881c1dd5396f
Go To Grouped Work
Needs Update?:
No
Date Added:
Jun 12, 2018 15:23:05
Date Updated:
Jun 12, 2018 15:23:05
Last Metadata Check:
Sep 26, 2021 06:40:18
Last Metadata Change:
Sep 26, 2021 06:40:18
Last Availability Check:
Sep 26, 2021 06:40:22
Last Availability Change:
Sep 24, 2021 16:50:29
Last Grouped Work Modification Time:
Sep 27, 2021 02:29:38

OverDrive Product Record

sortTitle
Book with No Pictures
crossRefId
2020297
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/1523-1/{99EFB136-CFC2-4693-8338-05DF166AB836}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/1523-1/{99EFB136-CFC2-4693-8338-05DF166AB836}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/1523-1/99E/FB1/36/{99EFB136-CFC2-4693-8338-05DF166AB836}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/1523-1/99E/FB1/36/{99EFB136-CFC2-4693-8338-05DF166AB836}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
formats
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780698176751
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
mediaType
eBook
primaryCreator
    • role: Author
    • name: B. J. Novak
id
99efb136-cfc2-4693-8338-05df166ab836
title
The Book with No Pictures
starRating
4.5
dateAdded
2015-11-13T16:01:00-05:00
contentDetails
      • href: https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=141&titleID=2020297
      • type: text/html
      • account:
          • name: Sacramento Public Library (CA)
          • id: 1151

OverDrive MetaData

isPublicDomain
False
formats
      • fileName: TheBookwithNoPicture_9780698176751_2020297
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B00INIXTKE
      • rights:
            • type: Kindle
            • value: 1
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • onSaleDate: 09/30/2014
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=99efb136-cfc2-4693-8338-05df166ab836&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: TheBookwithNoPicture_9780698176751_2020297
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780698176751
            • type: KoboBookID
            • value: 98f360b7-91b8-324f-8528-1200720f7f11
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
      • onSaleDate: 09/30/2014
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=99efb136-cfc2-4693-8338-05df166ab836&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
keywords
      • value: Picture Book
      • value: Picture
      • value: childrens book
      • value: Picture books
      • value: school
      • value: funny books
      • value: Funny Kids Books
      • value: funny childrens books
      • value: picture books for adults
      • value: read aloud books
      • value: 4 year old boy gifts
      • value: 4 year old girl gifts
      • value: 5 year old boy gifts
      • value: award winning childrens books
      • value: book deals
      • value: 5 year old girl gifts
      • value: books for kindergarteners
      • value: free books for kids
      • value: childrens picture books
      • value: caldecott winners
      • value: wordless picture books for children
      • value: funny baby books
      • value: gifts for 4 year old boy
      • value: 4 year old girl toys
      • value: hardcover books
creators
      • role: Author
      • fileAs: Novak, B. J.
      • name: B. J. Novak
      • role: Narrator
      • fileAs: Novak, B. J.
      • name: B. J. Novak
      • role: Narrator
      • fileAs: Phillips, Busy
      • name: Busy Phillips
imprint
Dial Books
publishDate
2014-09-30T05:00:00+01:00
isOwnedByCollections
True
title
The Book with No Pictures
fullDescription
A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader 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.)
gradeLevels
      • value: Grade 1
      • value: Grade 2
reviews
      • premium: True
      • source: DOGO Books
      • content: sweetcake1 - I highly recommend this book because it is a very funny way of teaching people that a book doesn't have to have pictures to be funny and interesting. I also recommend it because you will have a fun time laughing with your family and and if you are reading it by yourself then you will be laughing out loud...
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        June 30, 2014
        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.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
      • content:

        Starred review from August 1, 2014
        This book may not have pictures, but it's sure to inspire lots of conversations-and laughs. Television writer, actor and comedian Novak delivers a rare find, indeed: a very good celebrity picture book. It doesn't even seem fair to call it such, since it has nothing to do with his Emmy Award-winning writing for The Office or the fame his broader career has afforded him. The jacket flap even eschews a glossy photo, instead saying "B.J. has brown hair and blue eyes," in order to keep with the book's central conceit. What this book does have is text, and it's presented through artful typography that visually conveys its changing tone to guide oral readings. Furthermore, the text implies (or rather, demands) a shared reading transaction, in which an adult is compelled to read the text aloud, no matter how "COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS" it is. Employing direct address, it pleads with the implied child listener to allow him or her to stop reading. Nonsense words, silly words to be sung and even a smattering of potty talk for good measure all coalesce in riotous read-aloud fare. Although the closing pages beg the implied child reader to "please please please please / please / choose a book with pictures" for subsequent reading, it's likely that this request will be ignored. A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall. (Picture book. 3-8)

        COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: School Library Journal
      • content:

        September 1, 2014

        K-Gr 2-The actor (and writer, producer, and director) has penned his first picture book, but can it be called a picture book when there are no pictures? Entering the field of unique interactive books begging to be opened, including Herve Tullet's Press Here (Chronicle, 2011) and Adam Lehrhaupt's Warning: Do Not Open This Book! (S. & S., 2013), this title will instantly intrigue children. Upon opening the book, readers are drawn in ("Here is how books work: everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what."). What follows is an uproariously raucous time, with readers being forced to utter nonsense words ("blork," "bluurf") and phrases that will have young listeners in stitches ("And my head is made of blueberry pizza."). Admittedly, there are no illustrations, but Novak has employed the use of various sizes of black typeface with expansive white space and color to highlight some of the text. 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.-Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

        Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        September 15, 2014
        Preschool-G Best known for his work on TV's The Office, Novak follows his adult short-story collection (One More Thing, 2014) with a picture bookwell, sort of. There's, like, no pictures. That's the whole idea. But Novak has isolated a curious truth about picture books: the person reading the book aloud is obligated to say what's on the page. No exceptions. Thus commences what is basically a one-character stand-up routine in which the one reading aloud must struggle against increasingly silly demands. I am a monkey who taught myself to read, insists the simple black-on-white text. Then, in smaller text, Hey! I'm not a monkey! Color and font changes are introduced as the demands upon the speaker become more infuriating: And my head is made of blueberry pizza. You see where this is going: humiliating songs, declarations that the kid listening is the best kid ever, and a two-page spread of rude noises. Sure, it's one joke, but it's a great one, and kids will adore adults who commit to the ridiculous performance.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

popularity
8308
links
    • self:
        • href: https://api.overdrive.com/v1/collections/v1L1BWwAAAA2I/products/99efb136-cfc2-4693-8338-05df166ab836/metadata
        • type: application/vnd.overdrive.api+json
id
99efb136-cfc2-4693-8338-05df166ab836
starRating
4.5
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/1523-1/{99EFB136-CFC2-4693-8338-05DF166AB836}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/1523-1/{99EFB136-CFC2-4693-8338-05DF166AB836}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/1523-1/99E/FB1/36/{99EFB136-CFC2-4693-8338-05DF166AB836}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/1523-1/99E/FB1/36/{99EFB136-CFC2-4693-8338-05DF166AB836}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
isPublicPerformanceAllowed
False
languages
      • code: en
      • name: English
subjects
      • value: Juvenile Fiction
      • value: Juvenile Literature
      • value: Humor (Fiction)
publishDateText
09/30/2014
mediaType
eBook
shortDescription
A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader 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.)
sortTitle
Book with No Pictures
lexileScore
490
crossRefId
2020297
publisher
Penguin Young Readers Group