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The Book That No One Wanted to Read

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Good to see what he can do in a new medium. Now how do I categorise this.... age 7 or 8 and above I suppose. And for adult fans too - you won't feel it's just for children. Roaming the aisles of the library, seeking our next great read – is there anything quite like it? It’s almost as if the books call out to us, imploring us to single them out from their neighbors and get lost in the worlds they depict. He asks us what's underneath our covers? What are we actually like? ( I love how he's making us go deeper, into ourselves to dig more into who we are, inside.) Being an adult, seeing it through more mature eyes, I took a deeper meaning away from it than he possibly intended? And I loved the messages it gave me. ❤️

This is perfect for kids 9+, and adults too, who love goofy yet thought-provoking humour. I absolutely loved this most bookish of books and can’t wait to see what Ayoade does next in children’s books. We become, per the book telling us to, the "you" of the story as we go into an imaginary library to discover this book no one want to read.

This is a POV of The Book That No One Wanted To Read. The dialog between human and the book in the library. There is some facts that i would like to share; Why has nobody thought of this before?! Utter genius. A book, told as though by the book itself, filled with belly laughs, ire and actually a good lesson or two as well! It’s “sort of” a story, but it’s more just a conversation with the book about books! What bookworm wouldn’t love that?! The irony is that, just as the book says, I would have ignored this on the shelf because of the cover if it hadn’t been sent to me for a review - so I have to urge to be better than me and go out and buy it for yourself, cover and all. You can hear the author's voice in the Book's words, it's definitely him. I liked the fact you can easily tell the Book, the boy and the narration apart through text font, making it simple to follow in your head. I liked the word definitions, silly Walliams-esque diagrams, lists and comic illustrations.

Then once we know who we are, we set off into the imaginary library to seek out this " unwanted" book. From actor-author-broadcaster-comedian-filmmaker Richard Ayoade comes a book narrated by . . . a book. Quirky, smart, and genre-busting, this is the saga of a book that nobody wants to read—until the day it meets YOU. He says " How would you describe YOU? Not the you in the reflection of your mirror, as that's just your cover, and by now we know about the trouble with covers - they don't tell the whole story. The Book that No One Wanted to Read is slim, nondescript, corduroy coloured and hidden in the Miscellany section of the library. It likes it that way. It muses on libraries, readers and books, on why we select some books. After all ‘ They say you should never judge a book by its cover. But how else can you decide whether you might like it?’ Then again, what is a book? Is it invisible, really? After all, no-one really knows what’s inside in truth until they’re chosen.

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Overall, this has been an entertaining read and I am sure it scores with the children with its fantasy and imaginative storytelling also the funny drawings. A great way to inform our young readers to explore more of their reading choices, and probably to start writing stories (you would understand once you know the ending).

The book begins to tell us a story about a book no one wanted to read called of course " The Book That No One Wanted To Read". I absolutely loved this book. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it really made me laugh so much. The illustrations are fun, it’s essentially a life lesson and literacy lesson all in one, and the concept is amazing. I like that (underneath the silliness) we get to explore some deep ideas about why we love to read and what is truly important in the stories we write or share. Imagination and courage are essential in life, and we get those from the books we read.

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I found this to be an ambitious and enjoyable read. The premise was clever and made me laugh a few times. This is a work of fiction that is aware of its own fictionality. The book is about a book that no one wants to read, and it explores the concept of how a book can be interesting even if no one wants to read it. We have a book telling us about books, teaching the reader new words they might not have known, and helping us get "inside" the mind of a book. We become a character in this books own story! What is it that makes YOU want to read a book? Richard Ayoade's children's debut gives you all the answers in a way that's silly, funny, and thoroughly beguiling.

Well, reading this book from the point of view of an adult and also a reader, I asked myself the question, “Why wouldn’t I read certain books?” The answer would be very simple - because the book is not for me BUT it could be for somebody else. I am sure being readers, we would totally have different preferences and favourite genres. It would be wise for us to respect each other’s interests. We must also never categorise people/readers based on their choices or preferences of reading materials. Exchange opinions wisely and professionally. If there were books we think we could never accept though we have tried reading till the end - maybe we could discuss ways of how they could be better books. We might not be able to accept certain books now, but as we gradually mature or change roles - who knows, the book we think we hate could be the best read for us. That’s what I think, for now. This book is indeed narrated by… a book. In fact, it’s narrated by the very book which you hold in your hands. Ayoade dives head first into this very tangible character, and the result is not only hilarious and a bit bonkers, but actually rather meaningful. There’s a lot to be learnt from the act of reading! From judging a book by its cover, to the organisation of libraries, to the way people treat books as physical objects (go easy on the dog-ears), this book has a lot of feelings about being a book. It really just wants to fit in and find its perfect reader – which could be you. It’s a book written by a book which ‘manipulatively’ makes us part of its “social experiment” (in a good way). The book would ask its reader to be in an imaginative situation where the reader would find a talking book, which thought that nobody wanted to read it. The book and the bookfinder would then engage in funny and silly conversations. I am not going to spoil anything else because it wouldn’t be fun then.I found this hilarious and sweet. I love reading books about books and books about writing. If I was still an elementary school teacher/librarian, I'd use this as an introduction for a lesson or unit on writing fictional stories or writing from an inanimate object's perspective. There's actually quite a lot that can be used to explore many concepts and beliefs, including how to love ourselves, someone, or something beyond external appearances. But that was a look at books through history. This is a silly, sparkling total library-ful of nonsense. I was glad it wasn't much longer, the length seemed just about right, and actually, despite Ayoade being quite clear that there isn't a point in these literary shenanigans, well actually there might be just one or two, hidden in there (don't tell the kids, folks, works better when they think it's pure popcorn). My favorite part of the story is when the book and the reader begin to really connect through sharing their worst fears and anxieties. They have to be vulnerable with each other and trust that the other one will accept them and encourage them. To read or write is to open your heart and share a story with someone else, and that takes courage. Simply beautiful! I love the opening lines where it states how so many say we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, to which he rightly says, "but how else can you decide whether you might like it?"

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