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REVIEW: The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak

A picture book for children with no pictures? You’ve got to be kidding, right?

 

Well, no actually, and it’s really not as daft as it sounds. With plenty of white space and beautifully type set text, this book challenges the reader to use his or her imagination, and for a child, that’s a pretty powerful tool. This asks a lot of its reader – it makes you think about what you expect from a book, and how it actually works for you as a reader – but it also delivers in spades. It demands to be read out loud, and it even dictates that the reader should try out certain voices. It’s cool, it’s clever and it will conjure all kinds of images in children’s heads (and probably their parents, too). So, a picture book without pictures? Not such a daft idea after all. Puffin, age: 3+

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