This morning in my house sounded like this:
“Do I HAVE to get up?”
“Yes. It’s time for school.”
“But why can’t I wear this [short sleeved summer dress]?”
“Because there’s a foot of snow outside, find something with sleeves please.”
“May I have O’s for breakfast?”
“Ooooh, I’m sorry, we ate the last of the O’s yesterday- flakes it is.”
Seriously. As I’m sitting here thinking about it, my four year old didn’t have much of a say in how her morning went. Sure, I try to give her choices throughout the day and let her feel somewhat empowered- “This sweater or that one?” “You can color or play with your stickers.” “Apple or orange for lunch?” “Choose whichever story you want, just climb into bed.” But sometimes, like with cereal this morning, not much can be done.
And this is why I think she loves “The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak (you know him as the guy from “The Office”).
Some of our favorite read-aloud children’s books are those that are interactive, that engage the reader as part of the experience (i.e. Press Here, or Open This Little Book). This picture-less picture book does exactly that. With nothing but printed words on white pages, it involves not only the listener, but the reader in a riotously funny escapade.
The joke is on the reader here, much to the delight of the listener.
You see, you as the reader must read aloud what is written, regardless of how preposterous it is.
On one page you may be declaring yourself a monkey, nay, a robot monkey. On another you’re just saying crazy words like Glibbity-Globbity or singing about eating ants for breakfast. And you have to say it, ‘cuz it’s in the book, you know?
So simple, so imaginative, so funny.
A dear old friend posted this video onto my Facebook page (click here and go ahead and “like” it if you do), and I ran out and found the book the next day at our local bookstore. (Thanks again, Marieke, you’ll be reading this to your little one soon enough!)
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