Wednesday, March 2, 2016

grandma's bookshelf - Normal Norman - Blog Tour & I'm Giving One Away!

I was recently invited to participate in a blog tour for a new picture book for children - the book's name alone caught my attention, so I said I'd be delighted to take part. When I received the book, I was completely delighted . . . as was my grandson, so today I'm sharing with you my review of the book, Normal Norman.

Normal Norman
Author - Tara Lazar
Illustrator - S. Britt
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 4 and up

Favorite Features -
  • Humor! Definitely the humor in this book is one of my favorite things!
  • Fun, silly illustrations - fit beautifully with the story!
  • A story about "normal" . . . and how "normal" can be very not normal!
Sterling Children's Books says; "What is "normal?" This is 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 which makes us all special— and a gentle reminder that "normal" can't ever be defined!"

The day this book arrived at my house, my grandson was visiting. When he saw the book he sat down and read it. It didn't take long for me to hear a great many laughs and see a big smile on his face - which remained throughout the story! He appreciated Norman's concern for the poor banana and orange "creatures" and found the story over all to be absolutely enjoyable! I love when a book captures my grandson's attention and leaves them laughing!  

I liked how Norman was normal for Norman, but not necessarily "normal" for big, purple orangutans! Of course, is purple even "normal" for orangutans in the first place???!!! Humor and a solid message about how no orangutan - or person is "normal" combine for a story which children - and adults will enjoy!

I'm very happy to say not only did Sterling Children's Books send me a copy of Normal Norman for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only). If you are over the age of 18, live in the USA, and would like to be in the drawing for one Normal Norman, which will be on March 16, 2016, please comment below to tell me something unique about you . . . I met my husband on a volcano! :-)

In addition, if you have followed in Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG, or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email, you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done. Plus, if you "share" this post, you'll receive another entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win one Normal Norman and it gives you several ways to enter the giveaway! Please keep in mind, you will receive just one entry for each way you enter for each post - this means, for example, if you tweet each day about a particular giveaway, while I appreciate it, you will only receive one entry for the first tweet. Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know! 

And, I want to invite you to follow the blog tour for Normal Norman - you'll have opportunities to download fun resources and other fun surprises on this "tour"!


  1. My kids will love this book! Something unique about me is that I was born with very crooked pinky fingers. My great grandmother and uncle have them as well. My dad's and brother's are slightly crooked but nothing like mine.

  2. I knit my own socks-but that's normal, for me! I follow you on my blog reader and Facebook.

  3. I've been baptized twice (I guess the first time didn't work LOL) Following on GFC and liked on facebook

  4. Can't wait to read this. Something unique: I used to like slapping cow patties with a stick when I was a kid--it was fun! Or I've had pet ratties.