Thursday, March 4, 2021

"Norman's First Day at Dino Day Care" - a bookwrap



Meet sweet shy little Norman. What an adorable character that you will fall in love with immediately. 


Norman's First Day at Dino Day Care

By Sean Julian


* Ages:  4-8
* Grade Level: PS-3
* Length:  32 pages
* Publisher:  NorthSouth Books 
* Pub. Date:  July 6, 2021
* Language:  English


“. . . will make everyone smile.”—School Library Journal

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Norman, a very tiny shy dinosaur, is extremely anxious and worried.  It's his first day at Dino Day Care and he is very apprehensive to go.  What will it be like?  Who will be there?  Will the other dinosaurs accept him and like him?  

Too small and fragile to solve these emotional feelings Norman does a disappearing act.  He hides to make himself invisible.  This aspect of the story is fun for the reader because the book turns into a search and find book.  Kids will love trying to locate Norman as he tries his best to hide in various places throughout the Day Care. 

Deep down inside Norman really wants to be found and to become part of the group but he feels so uncomfortable and shy.   Thankfully his teacher, Miss Beak encourages Norman: 

“I really want to join in, Miss Beak, but I feel shy.” 

“It’s okay to be shy,” Miss Beak replied. 

“It’s a special part of who you are.” 

“Really?” Said Norman. 

“Absolutely,” Miss Beak replied. “And I wonder if this afternoon we can discover what other amazing qualities you have hidden inside.” 

His teacher pairs Norman with Jake, a loud and boisterous dinosaur, for a talent show.   Norman is surprised to find out that Jake gets nervous too and a lovely friendship ensues. 

The illustrations are amazing.  They are playful, full of rich detail and fun.  They are sure to bring smiles as the story is read.  This is the perfect book for kids that are transitioning into day care or school.  The message is both inspiring and positive.  Kids will learn that it's just fine to be who they are. It's a very valuable life lesson to learn at a young age.  I highly recommend this book. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author/Illustrator

Sean Julian enjoyed art from an early age, focusing on potato printmaking and creating plasticine dinosaurs. He now focuses his talents on children’s book illustrations, where he can follow his passion to draw hairy gorillas, bears, and dinosaurs. His pictures delight and entertain. He lives in Bristol (UK).

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