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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