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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael di Capua Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545298776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545298773
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for SERIOUSLY, NORMAN!

 

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK

 

"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



--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Norman Normann has not scored too highly on his first attempt at the entrance exam to a fancy high school. Norman's parents --- who happen to be named Orman and Norma Normann --- are appalled and frantic. 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-eyed man by the name of Balthazar Birdsong, whom Norman's best friend, Leonard, promptly nicknames "Bald Beezer Bird Poop" behind his back.

Balthazar's views on teaching turn out to be eccentric and startling. During their first tutoring session, Balthazar tells Norman that he must explore the dictionary from A-Z, mastering one letter every two weeks. Oddly enough, whatever words Norman runs across in the dictionary seem to connect prophetically to the events in his life, such as trying to figure out if his money-obsessed father is involved in nefarious business dealings. Norman suspects him of selling bombers to mustachioed, fur-hatted men from the faraway land of Alfur, and it appears the dictionary entries may lead him to some answers.

Norman and his friends Leonard, and the twins Anna and Emma, all slowly fall under Balthazar's spell. The old tutor declares his intention to get the children to take their heads and noses out of their textbooks and back into the clouds, where they belong. Indeed, one of the activities he prescribes for Norman is for the boy to simply observe the sky each day, drawing no conclusions at all. Balthazar does little in the way of formal teaching, simply urging the kids to observe and to explore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book, perfect for boys ages 9-99, is simply amazing. Hysterically funny. A young boy's journey to the world of an open mind. At one point the protagonists translate "chicken butt" (as in, Q: What? A: chicken butt!) into German - sort of. "Hooner Po!" My son and his best friend now cry as they kids their bikes. Did you or your kid love E. B. White? Madeline L'Engle? The Phantom Tollbooth? Hugo? E. Nesbit? Judy Blume? What can i do to convince you that your son will love this book and will hysterically laugh, while becoming a better person for having read it? Tell you that the term "shitten kitten mitten" is used appropriately? Anyone who doesn't love this book is dead inside and has no soul.
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Format: Hardcover
This book reminds me of The Wednesday Wars The Wednesday Wars, because NOT EVERY KID WILL LIKE IT. But the kids that do like it, will LOVE it.

I'm a mom with a family of boys. I think ... maybe 1 will like this book and read it to the end. And that's ok -- he will get the humor, remember the vocabulary, follow the plot, and love the book.

More brainy books like this, please!
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