Normal Norman (Hardcover)

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By Tara Lazar, S. Britt (Illustrator)

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How do you describe to a kid what being normal is? In this funny and beautiful book, you will meet Norman--the perfectly normal gorilla who is anything but that according to our young narrator's description of a gorilla. This book shows kids how to be themselves and that you should embrace your uniqueness.



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

About the Author

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-winning blog at, which has hundreds of registered users and receives tens of thousands of blog hits. 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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781454913214
ISBN-10: 1454913215
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Pages: 40
Language: English