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Publisher's Summary

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.)

©2014 B.J. Novak (P)2014 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Conceptually radical...making the refreshing and contrarian case that words alone have sensory and imaginative vibrancy to spare." (Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review)

"This book may not have pictures, but it's sure to inspire lots of conversations - and laughs.... A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall." (Kirkus, starred review)

"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)

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  • Synthia Estep
  • 2015-11-21

love it

This is a very creative book. Kids will love it. Adults will love it. I absolutely love it!

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  • Julie Ann Lobato
  • 2019-03-01

very expensive for a super short story.

I don't understand why everyone loves this book it's barely even a book. It says it's four chapters. the first chapter, lol, is info on author etc. The second, is some 2 page long gibberish...which then for some reason, the narrator changes to a female who basically reads the entire thing word for word again... and that's the third chapter. The fourth awesome chapter is the end credits. very expensive 10 minutes worth of useless junk.

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  • john & Linda Devlin
  • 2015-11-23

Kids love it!

My 5 year old grandaughter just told me about this book.I purchased the audiobook and we stll laughing

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  • Moose
  • 2015-02-15

Hilarious!!!!

This had my whole family (4 years to 60 years) laughing out loud! Great audio and great book! Love it!!!

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  • CHEN P.
  • 2020-03-17

Io

This was the funniest book in the world, I wish people could read this two times.

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  • AlmostAmishMama
  • 2019-05-20

Funniest kids book ever!

If you can read with voices and emotion, if you can make letters on the page turn into silly sounds, if you love to make your kid squirm in anticipation and giggle, this is the book for you! The book MUST be read exactly as written. Those are the rules. Who needs pictures, when the person reading the book HAS to say they are a monkey and they MUST read with a monkey voice? Pictures are irrelevant when the person reading says "BA-DOOOOONGY FACE!" Go forth, and make your favorite child laugh out loud.

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  • shandigp
  • 2019-02-23

Hilarious, and TWO great performances!

Just about every kid is going to love this funny book...and so will adults! Great buy!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022-01-23

I finally got to hear some family that I liked and not just comed

I finally got to hear some comedy that I liked and not just some that my uncle liked, I recommend this book to him!I finally got to hear some comed

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  • WendyLeigh
  • 2021-06-08

fun listening for all

fantastic audio fun for any age! after borrowing this from free from our library's audiobook service, I had to buy it for my family. my kiddos, nieces, and nephews love listening to the narrators' renditions, whilst reading along with our hardcopy at home or listening on the go!

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  • Lu-Amazon
  • 2021-06-06

Best audiobook for kids ever! Hilarious!!! 😂

We just finished listening to it for the first time with my daughter (5.5yo) and son (3.5yo), and we just couldn’t stop laughing! 😂😂😂