Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Normal Norman - a bookwrap

Unwrapping some quotes for you...

Unwrapping today's book ...

Authored by Tara Lazar

Illustrated by S. britt

Ages 4+

Unwrapping some illustrations...

The illustrations are so expressive, detailed and fun I couldn't pick which ones to show you....so I just kept on choosing.  I like this one, and this one, and ohhh look at that one!!!  :-)

Love the colour pallet.  It oozes frivolity and happiness doesn't it?

About the book...

What is normal?  That is the quest that a young scientist, a Latina girl in black Mary Jane's and a stylish bob, must find out.  Her subject is a huge purple orangutan named Norman and he is definitely not what one would classify as "normal."  I suspect his colour might have been a red flag for her what do you think?   

You see Norman speaks fluent English, he sleeps in a bunk bed (top bunk of course), he adores his stuffed anteater toy not to mention his adoration and uncanny love for pizza.  Oh yes, he even has a passion for deep-sea diving. Wow, now how is that for abnormal orangutan behaviour?

After observing, recording and even joining in some unnatural orangutan and friend's antics both she and the head scientist, who is the overseerer of the project, conclude that it is totally, completely and unequivocally impossible to define the term "normal."  Case closed.

This delightful tale will have you breathing a sigh of relief because you see?  Everyone is "normal" in his or her way.  Hurray I cheer... I'm "normal" and that is very, very good news. The illustrations will have you smiling and the the age level although targeted for 4+ can stretch right into middle school and beyond.  I highly recommend this book.

About the author...

Tara was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010. She speaks professionally about overcoming disability to achieve your goals and dreams. Tara has presented writing workshops for The Writers Circle and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conferences. She's a member of the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature.

Tara lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and 2,749 stuffed animals. 

About the illustrator...

S.britt (AKA Stephan Britt) first developed his zeal for drawing in childhood, when he drew on anything and everything that wasn't dripping wet. His first picture book, Over In the Hollow (Chronicle), was a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best. Stephan lives in Portland, OR. Visit him online at sbritt.com

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