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Did You Take the B from My _ook?

(Books That Drive Kids CRAZY! #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  96 reviews
From the brilliant brains behind This is a Ball comes a new giggle-inducing bestseller!

OK. Two things you need to know. Firstly, your favourite thing in the whole world is the letter B. And secondly, you're about to sneeze and all the Bs are going to be blown out of the book. So until you can get your favourite letter back, you're about to sound really, really silly ... An
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 21st 2016 by ABC Books - AU
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I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but this is just a knock-off of BJ Novak. It even uses the same font.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reminded me of "The Book with No Pictures." A really fun read aloud. ...more
La Coccinelle
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I think I like this book better than the first one in the series, This Is a Ball. That first one was pretty much dependent upon kids pointing out all the errors (like the alien labelled as a princess and the elephant labelled as a dog). In this book, however, the premise is that the person reading out loud (presumably an adult) sneezes and every instance of the letter B disappears from the book. This leads to some pretty funny-sounding sentences, like when the _eetle wearing the _lue _oots is ju ...more
Amber K.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So cute for teaching the letter B!
Stef Rozitis
Like This is a Ball this book is fun, although it is harder to read because the words without B are harder for children to get their heads around. There is less complexity in this one as well.

I think this one is just fun, it does still suggest a collaborative approach and allow for the agency of the reader/s and so it still has value but to me it had nowhere near the textual complexity of the other one (which probably was intended by the authors just to be "fun" as well). To me these are better
Deanna Kazdoy
Fun way to teach about the letter "B"! Good for older kids storytime. ...more
Jenny Byron
I liked "This is a Ball" better, this would be cute for a letter B storytime. ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fans of B.J. Novak's the book with no pictures will like this one. A great read aloud. Kids are going to love it. ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, storytime
I used this for an alphabet-themed storytime. I was unsure about it, but it turned out to be a hit! Lots of giggling and interacting. Though the kids took me very literally and shouted "come ack" instead of "come back". ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is from a series called "Books that drive kids crazy" and it certainly did just that. The kid in question did make me read it to her a few more times, though. ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title for review from HarperCollins Australia.

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This book requires a good narrator and audience participation if there is to be any hope of finding those lost 'b's.

Did You Take the B from My _ook? by Beck and Matt Stanton is the epitome of interactive reading. In order to appreciate the book, it MUST be read aloud, and requires the listeners to contribute in order for the narrator to solve the problem of the missing 'b's. The illustrations are basic an
Linsey Atkinson
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It wasn’t a typical letter learning book. It shows what it’s like if the first letter of the word was gone, how the word would sound. It does it in a silly way in which is fun for the students!
Kathryn (Dragon Bite Books)
Review originally published on my blog, Nine Pages .

This was an excellent book for those beginning to read. It was good for a small story time audience (I had only 2 children). The book’s text puts underscores in place of Bs and so the kids had the chance to sound out the words with the simple illustrations to prompt them. The mystery (and it was really only a mystery to the younger of my two audience members) of what the text said was more intriguing than the plot—the plot, such as it was. T
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
This is ideal to read aloud as it provides a great chance to make silly noises and say silly things. The book certainly lives up to the claim that it will drive kids crazy because it’s interactive and funny and gets sillier as it goes along.

I liked the simplistic format and the changing colours of the pages. I enjoyed as it became more dire with the missing letter than the previous words came into play which makes reading it aloud more of a challenge and certainly funnier to hear.

The chance to l
Vivienne Fraser
Did You take the B from my _ook? by Beck & Matt Stanton
A boy is explaining why his favourite letter is B and listing all the things he likes that begin with B. But when he sneezes the B disappears from the _ook and he has to get it _ack for things to make sense.I wanted to read this book because it sounded funny because you cannot read a story without the letter B and I wanted to see what happened.

I liked this book because you cannot say anything right once the B has been sneezed away. I
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderful! I love how the reader and the listener will interact with each other, and the book. The story is also cute. The colors are bright, and the actual pictures large and centered with space around, making this a good book to show to a larger group and everyone will be able to see.
Reading this aloud is a bit of a tongue twister-you want to add in the missing letter, and read with a steady flow, but you have to stop and actually think about each word. It isn't difficult, and kinda fun once
Angela Williams
In this book it is obvious that the author is trying to make their readers think. However, I did not like the book because it was very confusing. On every page until the end the "B" was missing out of one or more words. The concept makes a kid think about spelling but also I feel like it would frustrate a child as it even frustrated me. I definitely understood the concept the author was trying to get across but it made it hard to read. I would not recommend this book to teachers or parents unles ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This book is desperately trying to be B.J. Novak's The Book with No Pictures. Even the format and type face are similar! Originality is lost in the authors' attempt to emulate Novak. You will be thinking, "Haven't I read this before?". However, children will enjoy the tongue-twisting, missing "B's." Be prepared when you read aloud. ...more
This book reminds me of the Book With No Pictures. This interactive story allows sounds to be the star of the book. Older preschoolers will enjoy answering the questions built into the story. Great read aloud for someone who's not afraid to sound silly. The text is a bit tricky so I recommend practicing before reading aloud to a group. ...more
Karin Mitchell
I used this book with a seven year old who has speech/language struggles as well as with my own five-year-old and they both loved it. It is entertaining and yet simple and presents a great opportunity to play with removing and replacing the first sound of words which is a key skill to build toward reading. Love it.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just kept trying to picture reading this out loud and in my head it was always awkward...maybe it would work better for those who are more confident in their letters.

Also, I wish it were more clear that the sneeze is what got rid of all the "b"s in the book.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yes, stylistically it is very similar to The Book with No Pictures. But will kids love it? Yes. Will it be an effective read aloud? Yes. Will it help build letter knowledge? Yes. Too bad the publisher didn't choose a different design, it's a clever book. ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Read this one for the first time with the nieces and nephew. They thought it was hilarious. Another one I wouldn't have necessarily called for myself ... but they laughed and laughed. Not much of a story but like The Book With No Pictures it's more the language they love. ...more
Syntha Green
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am dying to read this out loud for storytime! Alas, my library doesn't have it so I will have to wait impatiently until we can get it. It is so funny and interactive that I know the kids will love it just as much as I did. ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Clever and colorful book that requires readers to fill in the missing letter (here's a hint: it is the letter "B!") in order to grasp the words. Would make an excellent selection for youngsters just beginning to get the hang of reading. ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, so this totally is a rip-off of "The Book With No Pictures." I still really enjoyed reading it, I laughed, and it's great for letter recognition with the letter b. One of my favorites off the K-2 Children's Choice Awards this year. ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Super fun. Will be a big hit when read aloud.
Kristin Fletcher-spear
very excited to have gotten this today. It's what I need for my school and summer camp visits! ...more
Wonderful silliness about playing with words! Great fun. Wonderful read-aloud.
Teach kids looks of b vocabulary words in a fun way. Read it aloud.
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Beck Stanton is the co-creator of the Books That Drive Kids Crazy series and a mother, primary school teacher, and the creative director/owner of She has worked extensively with children throughout her teaching career and in roles that include before-and-after school care center director, nanny, and youth and children’s worker.

She lives by the beach in Sydney with Matt Stanto

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