Norbert's Nose Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007CRQG70
- Publication date : February 23, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 951 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 28 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,485 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The book hasn't been formatted so only takes up a fraction of the screen in either landscape or portrait mode. For a book whose product page brags about it's illustrations, you'd think they'd take the time to ensure you can see them to their full extent. But they don't. Text also doesn't always fit on the one page and there's a few pages with a few lines of text.
The illustrations didn't impress me much. They're basically paintings with shapes more so than detail. The story was also not that exciting.
Colorful children's book about Norbert and how he grows up with his family and what they are trained to do and how he does it.
He wanders off and finds a friend and they go their own way. Interesting as it tells a child they can do whatever they want despite what they are trained for.
With his training he is still able to make a good profit on the work he does do with the help of others in the business.
The story is brief and simple (which makes a nice quick read-aloud), and the pictures are lovely in color. (They are not quite as pretty on my black & white Kindle.)
Top reviews from other countries
I downloaded the Kindle version of this book for free, drawn by the expressive cover illustration. The pictures inside the book are really great, and my toddler and I really enjoyed looking through them together. The story I found a more little difficult. I'm fairly certain that this is intended as a picture book for children rather than a highly contrived self-help manual for would-be entrepreneurs. It starts well enough - Norbert grows up loving his family, but realising that he is different from them - and then the storytelling becomes more awkward. Before long, we are transported into a pseudo-Orwellian world where animals are setting up a business selling truffles to restaurants.
I think there's some good material in the book, but in the ultimately I don't think it's a tale that works terribly well for toddlers or small children. I would like to see more work from both the artist and the author, though, as they clearly have some interesting ideas to explore.
A couple of further notes:
- UK readers may wish to note that the book is written in US English.
- iPad users may be interested to know that the book is especially well-designed for reading on the Kindle app for iPad. The story is presented in single scenes, rather than as double-page spreads like a lot of other childrens' books. This means that if you turn your iPad for a 'portrait' view of the book (as opposed to 'landscape'), the single page will appear much bigger, and you have a better view of the lovely pictures!
This review refers to the Kindle edition of 'Norbert's Nose' downloaded on 2 September 2012.