Wednesday, July 24, 2024
The Book with No Pictures

The Book With No Pictures

by Mark Warner
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You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except… here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say… BLORK. Or BLUURF. And even if the words include things like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and MY HEAD IS MADE OF BLUEBERRY PIZZA! That’s the rule. That’s the deal.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Could you write your own ‘Book with No Pictures’?
  • Could you write a sequel to this book?
  • Review the use of punctuation in the story. Can you explain why different types of punctuation have been used in different places?
  • Some of the words in the story have been made up. Could you make up some new nonsense words and use these as part of your own writing? Could you create a nonsense poem?
  • Create an advert to promote this book. How could you promote a book with no pictures?
  • Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
  • Think of some questions that you would like to ask the author.
  • Look at the quotes at the end of the video below. Could you create your own review for publication in an online bookstore or on the shelves of a bookshop?


  • Count the number of words on each page. Can you use these for data handling activities?


  • Record an audiobook version of this story. Think about how you need to vary your expression at different points.
  • Record a video retelling of the story.
  • A number of different fonts are used in this book. What is a font? Why has the author changed the font?
  • Write a sentence / story using different fonts. How does this change the presentation of your work?
  • Copy some of the sentences from the book into a word processor and make your own changes to the style / size / colours / fonts. Explain why you made those choices.
  • Visit the book’s official site. Can you design a new website to promote the book?
  • Watch this video of the author reading the book. Can you create your own promotional video or a retelling of the book?


  • Create a new cover for the book.
  • Could you create some pictures to accompany the pages in the book?


  • Compose a simple melody to accompany the silly song in the story.

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