Not Norman

Not Norman

A Goldfish Story

Book - 2005
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""Don't think that just because you made me laugh, I'm going to keep you," I tell him. "Tomorrow, you're outta here." Norman the goldfish isn't what this little boy had in mind. He wanted a different kind of pet--one that could run and catch, or chase string and climb trees, a soft furry pet to sleep on his bed at night. Definitely not Norman. But when he tries to trade Norman for a "good pet," things don't go as he planned. Could it be that Norman is a better pet than he thought?"--Amazon.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780763623845
Call Number: BENNETT
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Subjects: Pets -- Juvenile fiction.
Goldfish -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Additional Contributors: Jones, Noah (Noah Z.), - Illustrator


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LMcShaneCLE Aug 25, 2015

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Feb 07, 2006

When a young boy receives Norman, a fish, for his birthday, he is disappointed. This is not the pet he has envisioned. He wants a pet that can fetch a stick, or play with him. Norman just sits in his bowl and blows bubbles. The boy threatens to take him back to the pet store and trade him in for a good pet. When the boy takes his fish to Show and Tell, he realizes that even though Norman is a quiet pet, he is still not the pet he really wants. How will Norman win him over? The illustrations convey the feelings of boy and fish with perfect humor. I loved this book!


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