'The high purpose of book selection is to provide the right book for the right reader at the right time'.
Drury, F.K.W. (1930)
The Book with No Pictures
Author: B.J. Novak
Date of Publication: 2014
• Before reading, have the students fold a blank piece of paper into four parts. As you read through the book, have them draw their own pictures to match the words.
• Vocabulary: ridiculous--silly, childish, funny; preposterous--ridiculous (silly, childish, funny)
Discussion ideas for before reading:
• What do you think this book will be about?
• Do you think a book can be fun without pictures?
• Have you ever made up your own words with your friends or family?
Discussion ideas during/after reading:
• What would a monkey voice sound like?
• What silly word did you think was the funniest?
• did you enjoy reading a book without pictures? Why or why not?
• If you wrote a book, what would you have it say?
• Make a robot monkey mask (template at http://thebookwithnopictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/TBWNP-activities.pdf )
• Make a blueberry pizza head mask (template at http://thebookwithnopictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/TBWNP-activities.pdf )
• Create your own book with either all pictures or no pictures at all.
• Have each child come up with their own silly, made up sound to have the volunteers say out loud.
*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!
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