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:

Message: My kids love Not Norman!
My boys are a bit older now and still remember how nice you were at the book signing at their school (Creekview Elementary in College Station, Texas).
My daughter who is four loves the adventures in the book.
The signed copy of Not Norman is a treasure!
— Krystolyn Carpio, July 17, 2015 (Sent via • KELLY BENNETT •)
From "Emily" in Webster, Florida. Love the Fish & Fishbowl border! (Had to laugh at "...People aren't blue!)

From "Emily" in Webster, Florida. Love the Fish & Fishbowl border! (Had to laugh at "...People aren't blue!)

He really likes the Daddy book. He likes to copy the pics. And yesterday he told Chuck, ‘James likes to make a ruckus. Sometimes.’
— From Katie via email April 7, 2015

 "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!)

Love Jada's drawing of "Goldy the Fish"!

Love Jada's drawing of "Goldy the Fish"!

 

 

 

 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!

"We were eating dinner last night, and Gus said "Youch, Tootie! No Bite!" out of the blue! I'm not sure what prompted it, but there it was!" (Here's Gus with his new haircut. Smile wider so we can see if you have fangs!)

"We were eating dinner last night, and Gus said "Youch, Tootie! No Bite!" out of the blue! I'm not sure what prompted it, but there it was!" (Here's Gus with his new haircut. Smile wider so we can see if you have fangs!)

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"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

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“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