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A Hilarious, Pictureless Children’s Book From The Guy Who Wrote ‘The Office’

Having already written and starred in The Office and invented the definitive social network, B.J. Novak has shifted his focus to the last media mountain he has left to conquer: kids’ books.

Novak’s first, The Book With No Pictures, is a new take on the read-aloud book that introduces kids to the power of the written word, challenges their notions about how books work and cracks them up. In the same way that Pee-Wee Herman and Mr. Rogers bypassed adults by speaking directly to kids, Novak lets kids in on the joke by turning the reader (that would be you) into a hapless servant to the increasingly ridiculous things written on the page.

Clearly, the joke works. The book is a New York Times bestseller and received glowing reviews everywhere from Kirkus to Entertainment Weekly. Plus, Novak proved his kid-specific writerly chops by keynoting the American Library Association’s annual conference.

If you still don’t think it’s possible to crack your kid up without a bunch of cartoons, maybe this will sway you:

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The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak ($9)
Ages: 5-8