A part of me feels bad for not liking The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak because I am clearly not the book’s intended audience and I can definitely see my niece or my boyfriend’s nephew enjoying the book /immensely/, but I just found it majorly irritating. I read this one while I was perusing my local Barnes and Noble looking for a birthday gift for my niece—though, if truth be told I had pretty much settled on Scientist, Scientist at that point and really didn’t need to keep looking—and I just remember feeling quite…mystified at the end of it. And not in a good way.
The market for the book is goofing off, which is great and all, but not what I want from a children’s book. I think, in the event that a kid finds this amusing (which is incredibly likely) and isn’t really being on the whole reading thing, this book would be useful. And I have to give the book credit for supporting the notion that you can enjoy and have fun with a book that does not have pictures, but other than that there is nothing about the book that really teaches much. It’s simply a way to make a kid giggle by having the reader make weird noises and pretend that they don’t want to.
And I don’t find anything particularly wrong with that, of course. I even support the message it’s sending immensely, that books without pictures are definitely worth reading. But at the end of the day, I just wasn’t all that impressed. Though, as I say this, I could definitely see myself buying it for any kid that found it amusing, though I wouldn’t go out of my way to get a copy. I feel like the message can be taught elsewhere with better books.