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Blogging assignment: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak - EXCLUSIVE review and competition (UK bloggers)

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Published earlier this Autumn in the US, quickly claiming the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller list and shooting straight to number 1 across all book categories on, The Book With No Pictures by award-winning US actor and comedian B.J. Novak is the most talked about children’s (non) picture book in recent years.

The Book With No Pictures has been an instant hit in the US, prompting a reprint quantity of 500,000 copies within three weeks of publication. BJ Novak’s hilarious reading of the book on YouTube has had over two million hits (UK video here –

The Book With No Pictures begins slyly with the suggestion that non-illustrated books seem serious and boring. But then goes on to explain that the rule of books is that anything written on the page has to be said by the person reading the book aloud. The book demands a shared reading experience, in which an adult is compelled to read the text aloud, no matter how “COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS” it is.

B.J. Novak is best known as an actor, writer, and producer of “The Office” in the US. He has also appeared in many films including Knocked Up, Inglorious Basterds, Saving Mr. Banks, and others. After graduating from Harvard College, he worked as a stand-up comedian in L.A. and it was at one of his shows that an executive producer of “The Office” discovered him and hired him as the first member of the U.S. cast. B.J. still performs stand-up comedy.

What is the blogging assignment?

Give EXCLUSIVE reviews of The Book With No Pictures before the UK publication date of 4th December 2014.

Reviews to be posted during November and December 2014

Bloggers also have the opportunity to give away a copy of the book to their readers in a competition hosted on their blogs.

What type of blogs are you looking for?

UK book blogs, parenting blogs, entertainment blogs

Preferred geographic location of the blogger:

United Kingdom

How might you compensate the blogger?

Getting to keep the product

How else might you compensate the blogger?

Books will be sent via email in soft copy, with a hard copy version sent in the post after the release date – at the blogger’s request.

Assignment close date:

11 Dec 2014

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