Norman, Speak!

Category: Book
By (author): Adderson, Caroline
Illustrated By: Leng, Qin
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pets
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Adoption
Awards: Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (2015) Short-listed
OLA Best Bets (Picture Books) (2015) Commended
USBBY Outstanding International Book (2015) Commended
Chocolate Lily Book Award (Picture Book) (2015) Short-listed
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: April 2014
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 9.00in x 9.90in x 0.35in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Norman, Speak! tells the comical yet thought-provoking story of a boy and his family who adopt a dog that just can't seem to learn the things other dogs do.

Overwhelmed by dogs in need at their local animal shelter, a young boy chooses Norman, the stray that's been there the longest. But, upon bringing him home, the family quickly learns that Norman won't respond to commands. He doesn't even know his own name.

During a chance encounter with another dog owner in the park, the family is very surprised to learn the reason for Norman's confusion; he "speaks" Chinese instead of English! And so the family enrolls in a language class, determined to understand their uniquely loveable pet.

The humorous text, from award-winning author Caroline Adderson, and Qin Leng's delightful illustrations combine to create a picture book that will be enjoyed by readers (and dogs) no matter what language they speak.

From The Publisher*Norman, Speak! tells the comical yet thought-provoking story of a boy and his family who adopt a dog that just can't seem to learn the things other dogs do.
Review Quote*Pet lovers will appreciate this family's lighthearted journey toward making this relationship succeed.
Review Quote*Throughout this lovely story, it is clear that the boy and his parents love Norman just as he is. Simple ink drawings set against ample white space make the endearing dog come alive on paper. This title will be a surefire hit with children.
Review Quote*This is a fresh and original take on the new-pet story that provides a gentle little paradigm shift along with its slight absurdity; the family's genial embrace of their new dog's language is both humorous . . . and offhandedly heartwarming.
Review Quote*Caroline Adderson and Qin Leng's Norman, Speak! is a timeless story about a boy and his dog with a twist appropriate to today's audience.
Review Quote*There are lessons here-about patience as well as intercultural understanding-but they're very lightly worn, and the casual line of the ink-and-color illustrations reminds us that this is a warm family story most of all.
Review Quote*This is a delightful and whimsically illustrated book. Recommended.
Biographical Note

Caroline Adderson is the author of award-winning books for adults and young readers. She has been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize. Her children's books include Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind (named a Best Children's Book of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews), the picture book Norman, Speak! and her middle-grade novel, Middle of Nowhere, which won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award.

Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. She has published numerous picture books in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Sweden, Hong Kong, and South Korea for publishers such as Inhabit Media, Second Story Press, Annick Press, Chirp Magazine, Simply Read Books, Kids Can Press, Usborne, Mathew Price, Gallimard Jeunesse, Elephant Community Press and Dominique et Compagnie. She has also illustrated for Save the Children and UNICEF.