This is a hilarious children’s book that adults might want to take to heart too. Norman is a purple orangutan and is being used in a demonstration to illustrate “normal”. Within pages readers will learn that while Norman may look normal that doesn’t mean that he is. From not eating to what is considered normal to not having friends that people expect him to have, Norman does things his way, even if they are a bit different. The illustrations are bright and fun. Children will enjoy seeing all the silly things that Norman does and what “normal” orangutans should do. By the end, our sassy junior scientist has to wonder what exactly is normal. This book is a great way for children to learn that “normal” isn’t always what you think it is and some people’s idea for normal isn’t necessarily what you think of as normal. I loved this book. It really lets you know that it’s okay to be who you are regardless of what people think. This is definitely a book that everyone should read and share.
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!
Age Range: 4 and up / Grade Level: Preschool and up