In this story, a keen young scientist endeavours to define what is normal. Her subject is a seemingly ordinary orangutan named Norman – but perhaps even Normal Norman is somewhat strange. So what is normal, anyway?
This fabulous book by Tara Lazar engages children with the idea of normality and puts big ideas into a story that kids can understand. It’s a wonderful read for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t fit in – and hey, isn’t that all of us at some time?
Our hero is a girl scientist who thinks she knows just what a normal orangutan is like. An orangutan would like to eat bananas – but Norman likes pizza. Norman also like deep-sea diving, sleeping in a bed, he wears glasses, and he just doesn’t fit the stereotype of a “normal” orangutan. The girl scientist starts to question where her ideas of normal came from and whether they are useful.
At the heart of Normal Norman is the message that we are all different and that we can be proud of what makes us unique and special. This is a really beautiful book both in sentiment and visually. The illustrations by S. Britt use a wonderful mix of colour and creativity. I especially love the use of labels to point out features – they are fun to read and keep within the sciency feel of the story.
A great addition to the library of the unique little person in your life. You can grab a copy of Normal Norman online at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.