Book Review: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

 

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Genre: Children’s Book

Inside Cover Blurb:

A book with no pictures?

What could be fun about that?

After all, if a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page.

Words that might make you say silly sounds…

In ridiculous voices…

Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

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A little bit different on the blog today!! A fantastic children’s book, that has seriously jumped up on my favourites list. I can’t wait to read it to a classroom full of kids….

I saw this book on the internet after a video was uploaded of the author reading it to a room full of children. The delight in their faces was contagious. When I saw it on the bookshelf of my local bookstore I knew I had to have it.

What a brilliant concept. The idea is that the book doesn’t have any pictures, but it does have lots of silly, fun words. It’s up to the reader of the book to engage and truly throw themselves into the story telling. I read this to my five year old who was in hysterics. I had to stop at one point because she was laughing so much. Once we finished, she immediately wanted me to read it again. This time, even though she knew what was coming, she loved it just as much as the first time.

The engagement levels, and entertainment this book provides are endless. With words like BOO BOO BUTT (an absolute favourite, of course! – You said BUTT!), and ma GRUMPH-a-doo, this book lends itself to a little silly, and a lot of fun.

A must buy for any parent, or school library. My five year old has requested we read it to her six and eight year old siblings, as soon as they get home from school!!!!!

B.J. Novak has hit it out of the park with this one! We needs lots more books that lend itself to imagination!

 

Find out more here: thebookwithnopictures.com

The book is published by Penguin and retails for $19.99AUD. However, it is also available as an enhanced e-book.

About the Author:   

BBio Image.J. Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also acclaimed for his standup comedy, his performances in motion pictures, and his New York Times bestselling book of short stories, One More Thing.

 

Check out the video of author, B.J. Novak, reading the book!

 

 

 

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New Release & Review – I’m Your Man by Joanne Rawson

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Genre: Contemporary Chick Lit. Romance. Adult Fiction.

Ruth Jones loves her boyfriend Justin. He is handsome, has a killer body, and the sex is awesome. He does have one major fault though. He travels so much with work that she only gets to see him once or twice a week, and that is his reasoning for always wanting to . . . stay in. At first she’s happy that he only wants to be with her, but over time, his habit of jibbing out at the last minute for every family occasion, work function, or any bloody occasion that involves socialising, really does her head in. All she wants, for goodness sake, is for people to get to know her boyfriend. Okay, so she wants them to see she has a hunk of a boyfriend, but is that so wrong?

When Ruth wakes up in a hotel room one morning suffering from a major hangover, she tries to piece the events of the previous night together. Feeling let down by yet another no-show by Justin at a work function, she headed to the bar and ordered a drink. The last thing she remembers is sitting next to an average-looking guy with a nice accent and large hands, and wondering just what those hands could do given half the chance. When the bathroom door opens and Mr. Average walks out, she realises that at the ripe old age of thirty-three, Ruth Jones has experienced her first one-night stand.

 A one-night stand that is about to send her world into utter turmoil.

Written in a Bridget Jones-esque voice, I’m Your Man is delightful book of how one woman gets it so wrong. We all kind of know how this is going to go for Ruth. She’s settling for second best, but can’t see it right before her eyes.stock-photo-lonely-girl-sits-alone-at-modern-illuminated-hotel-bar-138559589

I really liked that the author used the main male character, as “Mr. Average”, not “Mr-Oh-You’re-So-Hot-That-You-Probably-Don’t-Exist-In-Real-Life”. The relationships between the friends was entertaining, with the addition of Mustang Sally to the karaoke playlist a complete win (who isn’t in their 30’s and NOT tried that song on karaoke night!?! Classic!). I certainly didn’t like Justin from the start, but I guess that is exactly what is meant to happen. I had to laugh when Mr. Average-from New York, soon becomes nicknamed, Yankee Doodle Danny (you’ll see why!).

The author has done a wonderful job at this novella length book, it’s just short enough to devour in one sitting, but not so that you feel like you’re missing out on anything.

This was a super quick read; a fun one for on the train, bus, or plane. A quickie contemporary romance to keep the reader delighted and satisfied.

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The e-book is available for sale for $1.99 via the BDP Digital Shop and other online booksellers

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About the Author:

Joanne Rawson was born and brought up in Derbyshire, England. After leaving college in 1984, she headed off to be an au pair in the Loire Valley, France for one year.

‪Returning back to England, she worked for Derbyshire Education Authority in special education, and then for Derbyshire Social services working with adults with learning and physical difficulties.

‪In 2005, Joanne and her husband decided to give up their hectic lifestyle, after ten years of managing branded restaurants around London’s M25, and spend their time in England, Goa, and Malaysia. Now a published author, she writes romantic novels and short stories.

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*I received this book as an ARC from the publisher. All reviews expressed are solely mine.

Review – A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

alittlesomethingdifferentpolaroidGenre: Young Adult. Contemporary Romance.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

ALSDquoteI was browsing the shelves of the local shops because I had an urge to have paper in my hands. You know what I mean, right? Reading e-books are great, but sometimes you just neeeed that book to feel in your hands, flip the pages, carry around. I picked up this one, because the cover was cute.

Cute. This book is cute! Adorable, quirky, fun! The story is told in different viewpoints, and it reminds of the movies that show everyone’s story from different points of view, think ALSDquote3Love Actually, Valentines Day. I found the switching of viewpoints really refreshing, and the story never faltered for it. From the bus driver, to the barista, to close friends. Not acALSDquote4tually hearing from the main couple, Lea and Gabe, kept me intrigued. We didn’t ever actually know what they were thinking, except for their dialogue with their friends…or a squirrel! My favourite view point had to be the squirrel.. he was so darn cute! Acorns! I think that the way Lea and Gabe dance around each other could be annoying, but the author has provided us with a unique way of playing it out that has you cheering them on, and hoping the next persons view would have them getting together.  It was fun to read in the young adult genre, again. This book definitely proves that you don’t need to be a teen to read these types of book.

Read this if you’re after a fun, quick, sweet, cute read. ALSDquote2

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