It’s the Nosy Crow Reading Group next week, and we’ll be discussing two rather unusual picture books – one without words (Journey, by Aaron Becker), and one without pictures (The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak).
We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, April 22 at 6.30pm, here at the Nosy Crow offices – 10a Lant Street, London, SE1 1QR. Although there’s currently a waiting list for places for the physical event, if you’d like to still take part, please do join in online, either on Twitter with the #NCGKids hashtag, or in the comments section of this post.
We’ve prepared a few questions in advance to get everyone thinking – here’s some of what we might be talking about:
1) Which of these two books do you think has the greatest “re-read” potential?
2) Did you feel an “absence” in either of these books, or do you think they felt complete? Do you think the “missing” element would have added anything to either book?
3) How child-friendly do you think each book is?
4) How successfully do you think each book developed its narrative with only words or pictures?
5) Why do you think each Novak and Becker chose to tell their stories in this way?
Here’s a trailer for Journey:
And here’s a video of B.J. Novak reading from The Book With No Pictures:
If you’d like to add your name to the waiting list for a place (or add your name to our mailing list for future reading group events), you can do so with the form below, or with this link.