Children's Book without PicturesKids book without pictures
B.J. Novak shows that children's literature doesn't need pictures
Then, when it says, "I'm a chimpanzee," we selected a typeface that lets most folks pick out a robot's ape. Rothhenberg Gritz: Did you test all this before you released the book? As I was working on this book, I made a hard copy of it and took it to every child I could.
I' d always asked the folks to see what they'd do. It would be fun if they were reading it right. It would be fun if they stupidly understood it. This book's true humour is the way it is played on the connection between the grown-up and the kid.
When you' re an authoritarian mother and father, it's fun. When you' re a warm-hearted, gushier parental, it's fun in a different way. Crotchenberg Gritz: Your father seems to be the kind of parents who would have promoted a rebel access to literature. Saw that I was in love with Shel Silverstein, he presented me to Uncle Shelby's SABZs, a counterfeit children's book by Shel Silverstein - it's for grown-ups, and it's a dream book you can give to your kid.
It' made me very familiar with the rebel humour of the book. Crotchenberg Gritz: What do you see as the greatest error children's literature makes? I do not like a book that has an open lecture for them. Nobody wants to see an ad, even if it is a form of advertising services.
Crotchenberg Gritz: Many children's writers seem to avoid making their novels especially cute and soft - the kind of things that were mocked in Go the F**k to Sleep. I like a cosy book for a child. I' ve just been reading this beautiful New York Times story about the secret powers of Goodnight Moon.
It' an amazingly nice book. I think the book without pictures is a rather comfortable, soft book. "There are sharper things a mother and father could say."