This week, B.J. Novak of The Office fame released a children’s book with no pictures. The book is appropriately titled The Book With No Pictures, and it’s a fresh take on a genre of books that hasn’t seen much innovation since the pop-up.
A children’s book with no pictures sounds impossible. But if the book trailer is any indication, it’s not only possible, it’s really hysterical to kids. The joke is that the reader must read what’s in the book, forcing him or her to say such childishly funny lines as, “My only friend in the whole world is a hippo named Boo-Boo Butt.”
Like any children’s book, it may become tiresome after a few readings, but at least it’s something different and unexpected. In fact, here are 10 things I wrongfully thought would happen before a children’s book with no pictures existed:
- A toddler selecting a bedtime book to read before a parent has to say, “time’s up, pick one!”
- A toddler selecting a bedtime book without taking every book off of the shelf.
- A children’s book being read without interruption to contemplate questions unrelated to the book.
- A board book being made with soft corners so that it doesn’t hurt as much when a parent gets hit with it.
- A children’s book being written without a rhyme or grime that happened during a snack time crime.
- A toddler being satisfied with only one bedtime story.
- A pop-up book that lasts five readings without being ripped.
- A children’s book being read without multiple pages needing to be reread multiple times.
- Somebody reading me a bedtime book.
- Sam revealing he doesn’t like green eggs and ham and George not finding that the least bit curious.