Normal Norman by Tara LazarNormal Norman by Tara Lazar

Normal Norman

byTara Lazar

Picture Books | March 1, 2016

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What is "normal?" That's the question an eager young scientist, narrating her very first book, hopes to answer. Unfortunately, her exceedingly "normal" subject—an orangutan named Norman—turns out to be exceptionally strange. He speaks English, sleeps in a bed, loves his stuffed toy, goes bananas over pizza, and even deep-sea dives! Oh, no: what's a "normal" scientist to do? A humorous look at the wackiness that makes us all special— and a gentle reminder that "normal" can't ever be defined!
Tara Lazar lives in Basking Ridge, NJ, with her husband, two daughters, and 2,749 stuffed animals. She’s the author of The Monstore, I Thought This Was a Bear Book (both Simon & Schuster), and Little Red Gliding Hood (Random House). Tara founded Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo), an annual online writing event held on her award-winnin...
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Title:Normal NormanFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 8.5 × 10.88 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Sterling Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1454913215

ISBN - 13:9781454913214

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK! What is normal? This book introduces the idea of "normal" to young readers in a fun way. This picture book has a mix of text and dialog with a cute story and creative illustrations.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2017-05-01