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In these days of streaming video and mobile devices, is it possible to hold a child’s interest with a physical book that has no illustrations? B.J. Novak seems to think so. Maybe he knows that parents in their 30s, who fondly remember his work on The Office and in films like Inglourious Basterds, are the ones buying and reading the books to their attention-deficient kids. He’s packed his latest literary work, the aptly named Book With No Pictures, with plenty of silly words (blork! bluurf! blaggity!) and jokes that should make eager listeners of little ones, even if the tome lacks Caldecott-level pictures of princesses and dragons. It might look like an opportunistic PR move, but if a few readings of The Book With No Pictures will temporarily distract children from the Frozen soundtrack, it’s definitely worth the investment. B.J. Novak reads at 6:30 p.m. at the Maret School Auditorium, 3000 Cathedral Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com.