1st form students (5-7 years old) at Guayaguayare R.C. school in Trinidad and Tobago, as part of Bridge Foundation's "Read to Rise" program, read Not Norman, and were given the prompt: "When I got Norman, I didn't want to keep him. I wanted a ____________. Their responses are priceless! Read and enjoy!
And, Norman's personal favorite--for obvious reasons:
"The promise of reading Not Norman is now a way to get James to go upstairs for bed," wrote James's mom, Katie. "He likes that Norman goes on a wagon. And he likes when he sings at band practice."
(Norman flipped when he watched Jame's Video!)
The icing on a fabulous day at Forest Ridge Elementary in College Station, Texas was this note!
(And yes, of course I answered it!)
My kids LOVE Vampire Baby! The younger one is always saying "Youch, Tootie! No Bite!" and then laughing or shaking his head gravely. (It's a lesson for him, because sometimes his fangs appear too!) He insists that it sits on HIS bed's bookshelf when we're not reading it! Thanks for writing such a great story!
"I overheard my 6 year old granddaughter, Isalina, who just finished kindergarten pretending to teach a class in my living room and read them a story. She was holding the book, One Day I Went Rambling, up for her group of pretend students, preparing to read it to read to them (she can't read yet, just phonetic words). But before she began I heard her say, 'Now class, this book is about treasures... This book says no matter what it is, it's a treasure. Anything can be a treasure.'" —from Donna in Montpelier, June 2013
“Hi, Kelly. My husband read "Not Norman" to our wee ones. The next night, Michael (age 3) "read" it to himself - from the pictures. How cool is that?” –Eleanor Holderman, July 2010
"My dad, "Norman Curtis" Message : Hi Kelly. I'm a nanny in Colorado and I babysit a 23 month old little girl who LOVES "Not Norman" so much that she actually reads it to me (not exaggerating). I was amused by the book at first read simply because my poor dad is named Norman and I've always felt it's such an unfortunate name. So everytime I read this story (which is multiple times a day) I tend to think of him. So I was finally online tonight looking up a link to show my dad the book and to suggest he get it to read to his grandchildren when I saw your story told from Norman's perspective called "Not Curtis" and I just about died laughing because my dad's full name is Norman Curtis. Long story I know - but I'd love to see Not Curtis out as an actual book someday - that would be fun!"--via e-mail April 2010