The Book That No One Wanted to Read

By Richard Ayoade

Illustrated by Tor Freeman

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.

Have you ever thought about how it feels to be a book? To be left under a whiffy pant pile or shelved, forever collecting dust? To have your pages bent backwards or your spine BROKEN? What if you don’t have a sparkly unicorn or dragon adorning your cover – who will pick you out of the bookshop then? This is the story of the sadly neglected Book That No One Wanted To Read – can its destiny change when it finally meets the right reader? Spoiler alert: yes. "Laugh out loud funny and full of heart" Noel Fielding "Funny, bonkers and brilliant" The Stylist "Very funny, with brilliant illustrations. It should be called The Book That Everyone Wanted To Read." Nadia Shireen "One book that I really think children should read is The Book That No One Wanted to Read." David Baddiel

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529500752
  • Published: 05 Oct 2023
  • Price: £8.99
  • Size: 229 x 152 mm
  • Pages: 128

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Customer reviews


'packed in visual vim as well as ample wit.' Kitty Empire's Chapter Books of the Year, Observer

'Everything Richard does turns to gold and this is an absolute treat! packed with ideas and so funny.'

'For imagination giving: The Book That No One Wanted To Read by Richard Ayoade An inspired way to get younger minds into the joy of books is Richard Ayoade’s funny, bonkers and brilliant new read that’s joyfully illustrated by Tor Freeman' 'Christmas Gift Guide for Book Lovers', Stylist

'this is a strange and entertaining story that has a lot of fun exploring some of our ideas about reading and what we expect from a book. The funny illustrations by Tor Freeman are the perfect match for the clever, brilliantly silly story.' The Week Junior

'Splendidly illustrated by Tor Freeman , The Book… combines snarky silliness with a paean to the limitless possibilities of the blank page.' 'Chapter Books of the Month', The Observer

'This whimsical adventure is filled with clever references to beloved stories and fables, providing readers of all ages with a joyful reading experience. The Book That No One Wanted To Read is an original, quirky, and comical gem that defies genre boundaries, proving that even the most neglected book can find its perfect reader – you!' Preneur World

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