All that dancing around to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” in “Saving Mr. Banks” seems to have given B.J. Novak a taste for children’s literature.
The Jewish actor and TV writer, who plays composer/lyricist Bob Sherman in the movie about the making of “Mary Poppins,” has signed with Penguin Young Readers Group to do a children’s book called “The Book with No Pictures.”
I am very happy to announce my first kids’ book, “The Book With No Pictures,” which Penguin will publish in Sept! http://t.co/ePY9ABfa3O ampmdash; B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) January 21, 2014
Scheduled for release in 2014, the book is exactly as advertised: a book without pictures. Per the publisher: it “turns the notion of the [format] on its head.”
“I wanted to write a book that would introduce the youngest of kids to the idea that words can be their allies — that the right words can be as fun, exciting, and ridiculous as any pictures,” Novak explained. “Also, I can’t draw.”
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
B.J. Novak Is Writing a Children's Book