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#PictureBook Review: Not Norman by Kelly Bennett

Not Norman: A Goldfish StoryNot Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Candlewick

picture book

For his 8th birthday, a little boy gets a goldfish named Norman as a pet. Unfortunately, he wanted a more exciting pet. One who could play catch and curl up on his bed at night. Not Norman.

When the little boy decides to trade Norman in for a good pet, he cleans up Norman’s bowl and takes him to school for show-and-tell. If he talks him up, maybe one of his classmates will want him! Before the little boy gets around to taking Norman back to the pet store, he comes to appreciate Norman who listens to his stories and sings along at his music lesson. On Saturday, he finally makes it to the pet store and looks at all of the cats, dogs, snakes, and birds. They all look like good pets, but they are not Norman.

This is a great little story about learning to appreciate what we have been given. I particularly love Bennett’s word play on the phrase “not Norman”, though I am first to admit that I feel she did it one too many times. Personally, I could have done without the final page of the book. That said, it has a great message!

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