Cynthia Stowe Not-So-Normal Norman

ISBN 13: 9780807557679

Not-So-Normal Norman

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9780807557679: Not-So-Normal Norman

While his father is out of work because of a back injury, Anthony decides to try to earn money and his first job is watching a huge tarantula named Norman.

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Grade 3-4?A back problem keeps Anthony's dad depressed and out of work and, knowing his parents are anxious about money, the fourth grader decides to start a pet-care business to help out. Two neighbors hire him immediately, but Miss Everring's tarantula, Norman, and Mr. Abelson's elderly cats prove to be a challenge. In spite of a few mishaps, the venture succeeds beautifully?until Norman seems to get sick, and Anthony decides to take him to the vet in spite of his dad's unreasonable anger over the expense. A climactic scene clears the air and helps his father take the initial step toward recovery. Stowe tells the story in simple, flowing language and dialogue that effectively reveals the characters' personalities. Anthony is a regular kid who cares about living things, and his efforts to help others are heartwarming. Readers will appreciate the large print, wide margins, and short chapters. Smith's frequent, humorous black-and-white drawings delightfully illustrate the action and match the tone of the text. Her brightly colored cover is certain to attract eager readers. Children who often feel powerless to help with family problems should find this a reassuring read.?Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

There is very little laughter in Anthony's house since his father, a carpenter, hurt his back and has had to stop working. His mother holds a full-time job and takes in mending, and the fourth grader determines to do his share, too. He decides to start a pet-sitting service ("No animal refused"), setting the stage for some generically offbeat-but ultimately touching-scenes. First, an eccentric, frizzy-haired woman brings Anthony her pet tarantula, Norman, for a two-week stay. Then Norman stops eating and starts losing his shine, and a worried Anthony whisks the spider to the vet. The whole episode-including the vet's diagnosis that Norman is simply molting-lifts Anthony's father's spirits. All the inaugural customers are satisfied, making for a cheerful if predictable ending. In addition to a plot that skips along quickly and a generous selection of Smith's engaging black-and-white illustrations, this paper-over-board volume features large type and short chapters-all of which are likely to encourage hesitant readers. Ages 8-11.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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