Norman Didn’t Do It! (Yes, he did.) by Ryan T. Higgins

Norman Didn’t Do It! (Yes, he did.) – Ryan T. Higgins, Disney Hyperion, 2021. 9781368026239

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

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? “Norman was a porcupine.  Norman’s best friend was Mildred.  Mildred was a tree.”  They did everything together: read books, play ball, play “tree”,  play chess.  They are a tight duo, life is perfect.  Then one day a tiny tree pops up by Mildred.  Norman goes to Mildred demanding “And WHO is THAT?!” while pointing to the new little tree.  As the new little tree grows taller, it appears to be leaning towards Mildred, oh no!  Norman has no choice but to dig the little tree up and plant it far away on an island.  YAY!  Now things can go back to normal.  Unfortunately Mildred wants to know what happened to the little tree…  What can be done?  Can a pair become a trio?

Norman is one adorably chubby porcupine, with facial expressions (think Bruce, the grumpy bear, also by Higgins) that leave no doubt as to how he is feeling.  The colorful illustrations are cartoon-like with little on the page except for Norman and Mildred – and the little tree.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Nope.

To whom would you recommend this book? I would recommend this story to families who are expecting an addition to their family or families where there is some sibling rivalry going on.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and nursery schools, day-care centers

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: October 16, 2021

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