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.



"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

About Chris Raschka

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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.
Published June 25, 2013 by Michael di Capua Books. 357 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology. Fiction

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Norman Normann’s well-meaning dad finds a tutor for him when Norman’s scores on his first go at the high-school entrance exam are less than stellar.

Sep 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Seriously, Norman!

The New York Times

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After botching an exam, a boy starts an eye-opening journey.

Nov 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Seriously, Norman!

Publishers Weekly

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Norman Normann is fairly normal, but when he fails an important exam, his parents hire tutor Balthazar Birdsong to help their son get into an advanced high school.

Mar 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Seriously, Norman!

Publishers Weekly

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Picture book master Raschka tackles his first novel, a loopy story full of interesting ideas, which sometimes struggle under their weight.

Sep 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Seriously, Norman!


Only one thing will do, and that is for them to get Norman a tutor who will help him to score better on next year’s “Amalgamated Academic Independent City Schools Test.” The well-meaning but rather dim-witted Normann parents can only find one tutor on short notice, a strange, beaky-nosed, sharp-e...

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