"A sweet story that could be used as a springboard to discussion of the pitfalls of making snap judgments about pets — or people." — School Library Journal
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? With wry humor and lighthearted affection, author Kelly Bennett and illustrator Noah Z. Jones tell an unexpected — and positively fishy — tale about finding the good in something you didn’t know you wanted.
This eye-catching book makes a satisfying read-aloud choice for pet day or any day. —Booklist
This emotional turnaround never feels forced or pat, thanks to a strong partnership between Bennett’s text and newcomer Jones’s artwork. The off-the-cuff yet kidlike prose ideally suits the bright, crisp, digital drawings. —Publishers Weekly
An inventive interpretation of the old adage ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover,’ NOT NORMAN is the perfect book for dog-resistant parents to read to their puppy-worshipping kids-as long as they’re willing to take on a new goldfish or two. —Time Out New York Kids