The Book That No One Wanted to Read

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5.91 X 9.06 X 0.79 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Richard Ayoade is a much-loved comedian, BAFTA-winning actor (The IT Crowd), writer, director, and TV presenter (the 2021 BAFTAS, Have I Got News for You?, Travel Man) as well as a bibliophile. He regularly appears on comedy shows, was the voice of Zero in The Mandalorian, and directed the films Submarine and The Double. He has written three books on film for adults. This is his debut children's book.

Tor Freeman graduated from Kingston University with a BA in illustration and has worked as an illustrator, author, and comics-maker ever since. She is the illustrator and creator of many children's books and comic strips, including The Toucan Brothers, the Olive series, and Welcome to Oddleigh. She was a Sendak Fellow and received a Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize. Tor Freeman lives and works in London.
Claiming to be the first book that has ever written itself, this titular tome delivers a series of grievances to a "bookist" reader--from "Things That Grate My Gears" ("3. People who skip to the end. If the end was meant to come sooner, it'd be called 'the middle.'") to the shocking revelation that unwanted books are murdered (which is to say "pulped," like a smoothie) and then recycled into toilet paper. . . Could well leave even confirmed nonreaders tempted to turn over a new leaf.
--Booklist (starred review)

British performer Ayoade kicks off this telling with a P.G. Wodehouse epigraph, setting the tone for a jocose metafictional narrative told from a book's point of view. . . an idiosyncratically charming read.
--Publishers Weekly

British actor, comedian, and filmmaker Richard Ayoade, known for his role in the show The IT Crowd, has whimsically highlighted how to choose and care for a book. . . . This title provides a quirky look at the quandary of getting lost in a library and forming amusing observations about bookworms. . . adorable, silly, and short. . . book lovers will feel seen.
--School Library Connection