“Best known for his work on TV’s The Office, Novak follows his adult short-story collection (One More Thing, 2014) with a picture book—well, sort of. There’s, like, no pictures. That’s the whole idea. But Novak has isolated a curious truth about picture books: the person reading the book aloud is obligated to say what’s on the page. No exceptions. Thus commences what is basically a one-character stand-up routine where the one reading aloud must struggle against increasingly silly demands. “I am a monkey who taught myself to read,” insists the simple black-on-white text. Then, in smaller text, “Hey! I’m not a monkey!” Color and font changes are introduced as the demands upon the speaker become more infuriating: “And my head is made of blueberry pizza.” You see where this is going: humiliating songs, declarations that the kid listening is the “best kid ever,” and a two-page spread of rude noises. Sure, it’s one joke, but it’s a great one, and kids will adore adults who commit to the ridiculous performance.”
B.J. Novak is well known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also acclaimed for his standup comedy, his performances in motion pictures, and his New York Times bestselling book of short stories, One More Thing.
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- Los Angeles, CA
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