My Book With No Pictures
B. J. Novak
40pp., pbk., RRP $A14.99
Following the phenomenal reception to The Book with No Pictures , B. J . Novak now invites the reader to collaborate in the writing of this new book. In what has to be one of the most engaging cloze activities ever, the reader has to fill the gaps with the wackiest words they can think of so the story continues. There are some suggestions offered (and some stickers) all of which are nonsense words, but nevertheless make sense overall. But the reader can add whatever word they want and when they read it again, change them and have a whole new story.
As well as creating a LOL read, putting the power in the reader’s hands ensures they will be engaged and entices them to look at the sorts of words that are required such as nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Cloze activities were one of the most powerful reading comprehension strategies I used as a classroom teacher but never did I offer one as crazy and inviting as this. I wish I had.