Book Review – The Book No One Wanted To Read by Richard Ayoade

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have a few writers that I instantly buy. Richard Ayoade is one of them. I think everything he’s ever written is hilarious and well worth the read. So, I had to pre-order his new children’s book. I could imagine him being the perfect writer to create a unique and engaging story for younger readers.

Richard Ayoade is a love him or loathe him kind of writer. He’s got such a unique style and voice that he was never going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I have enjoyed everything he’s ever written. In fact, Ayoade on Top remains one of my favourite ever reads. Although, it really helped that I’d previously seen the absolutely ridiculous film he was referencing. So, I was really excited to read his first children’s book. I figured it would be another book that I instantly fell in love with and, thankfully, it was. It’s an unusual story and I’m not sure what I’d have made of it as a child. As an adult, I think it’s fantastic.

The Book No One Wanted to Read is a story told by a book. Although, there isn’t much of a story to it. It is more of a look at reading and writing. It stars you. Yes, you. One day, you go to the library and discover a talking book. A talking book that nobody has ever read. As you converse with the book, you discover plenty of important things about books and what it means to be a book. It’s the kind of book that could start a few conversations and even inspire some youngsters to write their own books.

First off, there were several occasions in this book where I felt totally seen. The book regularly talks about how sad books are being left on the shelf. I couldn’t look my TBR in the eye when I was reading. I’ve had books on there for ages, so I can’t imagine how awful they feel. Secondly, I have to say that this is an absolutely adorable book. What it lacks in plot, it makes up for with fun. It’s also clever. It’s the kind of book that gets you excited about reading and the written word.

It’s the kind of silliness that will please younger readers but there is plenty for older readers to appreciate. He has a dry sense of humour, which creates a unique story. This book contains a lot of Ayoade’s strange humour and wordplay. There are also a lot of fun references thrown in for good measure. The illustrations included in the book totally bring the story to life. Tor Freeman does an amazing job of bringing Ayoade’s humour to life. A good thing too because this book is unmistakably Ayodae and another joy to read.

7 thoughts on “Book Review – The Book No One Wanted To Read by Richard Ayoade

    1. Ah the bloody block editor has got me again. I must have slipped or something. Definitely a 5 star from me because I think I’ll automatically love anything he writes. It’s also really well illustrated.

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