Welcome to the first children’s book review of the year! I’m excited to continue bringing you a new book review every Friday in 2015 (life and general chaos level permitting).
My children received some fantastic new books for Christmas, so I didn’t have to look far for inspiration this week. There is a new favourite book in the Hawker household. Meet The Book With No Pictures.
This is a truly wonderful book. When my daughter (who is four-and-a-half-going-on-14) opened the gift at Christmas, she had exactly the reaction I’d been hoping for. “A book with no pictures? HUUUUH? How do you have a book with no pictures?”
She looked nonplussed on the first read-through, then laughed all through the second. And the third. And the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and… you get the drift. (Did I mention that they were consecutive read-throughs? Did I need to? There are ALWAYS consecutive read-throughs when we find a new favourite!)
She quickly learnt that the beauty of a book with no pictures is that you have to read the words. Every single word. No matter how silly. No matter how nonsensical.
No matter how made-up.
No matter how much you want to stop.
Even when you think it’s over.
My son (now closer to 2 than 1) is still too young for The Book With No Pictures to really hit the mark, but he laughs whenever his sister does and enjoys it. I highly recommend it for ages 3 and up.
Have you read The Book With No Pictures? What did you think?
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