Book: Normal Norman Author: Tara Lazar Illustrator: S.britt Publisher: Sterling Children's Books Genre: children's picture book; age 4 & up; Preschool & up Date: March 1, 2016 Pages: 40 Price: $14.95 My rating: Funny with lots of encouragement to love your differences
Normal Norman by Tara Lazar is a book about defining the word normal, and in a very funny way.
The narrator of this story is a junior scientist who is narrating for the first time. She wants it to go well, so she introduces Norman. Norman is an orangutan, an average, ordinary, common creature – or so she thinks.
The junior scientist measures him and finds he is normal in size. Then she discovers Norman eating a snack, but he doesn’t eat bananas, he’s eating pizza. When she peels a banana for him he freaks out! He thinks it’s cruel! It gets more and more abnormal from there.
This is a funny story. Children will love that Norman is a purple orangutan who wears eyeglasses, which should have been the first clues to the narrator that Norman is far from being a normal orangutan. Norman also doesn’t want to sleep in a pile of leaves and branches like orangutans do, and he has a favourite stuffed toy.
The junior scientist narrator is distraught. Nothing is going as planned. Then Norman has an idea.
Children will love Tara Lazar‘s ending for Normal Norman. It’s funny and unexpected. The illustrations by S. Britt are fun and fabulous, making Norman a memorable character.
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