Seriously, Norman!

Seriously, Norman!

by Chris Raschka

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Two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka's dazzling fiction debut. Now that the whole thing is over (and we all survived!), I can tell you what happened. Picture this for a second. Rock wall six inches on my left. Sheer cliff hundreds of feet down on my right, my best friend Norman in front of me, mumbling something, and my mom behind me saying, "Step, step, step." EEEEEEYAAAAAH! Next time my mom bugs me about sitting in front of the computer too much, I'm going to say, "Thanks, I prefer it where the near-death experiences are virtual!" No, seriously, this story is about Norman and about how he grows and learns stuff. Uses his imagination. Observes things. Like his dad, who is so devoted to . . . money! Like how his dad is mixed up with weird creeps of the underworld. All over the world! Why, why are grown-ups so insane? That's exactly the question that Norman, Anna and Emma (the twins), and I, Leonard, try to answer. And with the help of Norman's new tutor, Balthazar Birdsong (also fairly nuts), we nearly do it, too. Praise for SERIOUSLY, NORMAN! A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK "Appealingly quirky and adventurous; a celebration of the power of thinking outside the box."--KIRKUS REVIEWS "This rousing tale contains strong wordplay and a lot of humor."--HORN BOOK "A visual, loopy, absurdist experience."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545388467
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Chris Raschka is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A BALL FOR DAISY and THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW. He is also the illustrator of YO! YES? (which won a Caldecott Honor), SOURPUSS AND SWEETIE PIE, CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP, and FARMY FARM. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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Seriously, Norman! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rachelick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Norman Normann (whose parents are Orman and Norma) must be tutored after he bombs the entrance examination for the area's prestigious schools. This book chronicles the year until he can retake the test, as Norman's new tutor takes him through the dictionary from A to Z, and teaches him to observe the world around him, along with his three best friends.Middle school boys will easily relate to 12-year-old Norman's perspective, full of adults who don't quite get it, silly sound effects, and adventures. His learning, which readers learn right alongside him, covers everything from vocabulary to philosophy, but the seemingly random twists and turns of the story work it all in naturally. And 4-6 page chapters make it easy to get through, although the book isn't short.I could see this book being either completely beloved or a bit too random for a given reader. I enjoyed it, but sometimes wasn't sure why. Would very likely recommend to boys grades 5-8.