No a Norman: la historia de un pececito dorado by Kelly Bennett, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

51xnlvmzlll No a Norman: la historia de un pececito dorado by Kelly Bennett, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, translated by Teresa Mlawer. Candlewick, 2016. 9780763689063

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Translation of Not Norman: A Goldfish Story. Originally published in English in 2005, this book has been a staple of my story times over the years. A little boy gets a goldfish named Norman for his birthday, when what he really wanted was a dog. But after a series of adventures together, including a sousaphone lesson and scary night noises, the boy decides that Norman is a great pet after all. The text is written in simple, clear first person narration and features an African-American kid. The digital illustrations are uncluttered, in vibrant colors. A great addition to story times or for early readers.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For families seeking Spanish books on having a pet

Who should buy this book? Public or elementary school libraries seeking to add to their Spanish language collection

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books/foreign language

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 29, 2016

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