hanks, Carla, for the lovely illustration.

This is going to be a post without pictures, with the exception of the picture above. because it is about a book without pictures. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak (and, no, there will be no picture of the cover; this is a post without pictures, remember ? ) is a white book with its title written on it in black–that’s it! No pictures!

The first page has just these words, “This is a book with no pictures.” /Second page, just the words, “It may seem like no fun to have someone read you a book with no pictures.”/ Third page: It probably seems boring and serious. Down at the bottom of the page, “Except…”/ Next page: “Here is how books work: Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say.”Following page: “No matter what.” / Following page: “That’s the deal. That’s the rule.” Skip down, down, “So that means…Even if the words say…”/ New Page: Red, capital letters–“BLORK”–comment at bottom of page, “Wait–what?/ The doesn’t even mean anything.”/ New page: Blue capital letters–“BLuuRF”–Below that,”Wait a second–what?! This isn’t the kind of a book I wanted to read! And I have to say every word this book says?…Uh-oh…”/ Next page: “I am a monkey who taught myself to read.” Down, down…Hey! I’m not a monkey!”

This silliness continues through the book until the person reading to the kid is saying he/she is a robot monkey and his head is made of blueberry pizza, and is making all kinds of noises, guaranteed to put the kid in a silly mood and guaranteed to elicit lots of giggles and guffaws.

It is a fun, fun book. What parent or grandparent is not willing to make a fool of himself/herself to make a kid laugh?

No picture Sign Off,



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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