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This is a book about animals.It is? I mean, it sort of is. It does have animals in it.It's a book about animals.I hear you, but you have to admit it's pretty strange. This is NOT a normal animal book.You should read it.At least we can agree on that.This offbeat picture book is a hilarious behind the scenes look at the picture book creation process. It shows the importanceThis is a book about animals.It is? I mean, it sort of is. It does have animals in it.It's a book about animals.I hear you, but you have to admit it's pretty strange. This is NOT a normal animal book.You should read it.At least we can agree on that.This offbeat picture book is a hilarious behind the scenes look at the picture book creation process. It shows the importance of collaboration and compromise, and highlights the beauty of both words and art. Plus, it really gets you thinking about...BLOBFISH....

Title : This is Not a Normal Animal Book
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ISBN : 9781481439
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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This is Not a Normal Animal Book Reviews

  • Ishta Mercurio
    2018-10-18 19:26

    This book is uproariously funny. The clever interplay between the "narrator" and the "illustrator" make this book simultaneously about the creative process, the making of a picture book, the struggles and joys of collaboration, and, of course, animals. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • June
    2018-11-02 20:24

    This had me chuckling. An author and illustrator disagree on the animals that should be in their book. May be used for a class visit on animals.

  • Margie
    2018-10-25 12:30

    Students and library users in general, regardless of their knowledge of the particular classification system being used, can, without hesitation, direct you to the section in their school and public library housing their favorite books. If they have not been taught fiction is alphabetical, they still know where to look. Without mastering the Dewey Decimal Classification they can find the shelves holding the animal books.If their resident librarian is nearby, they will tell them they can find their favorite books in any library if they know a few simple facts. Fiction books are generally alphabetical by the author's last name. It really is as easy as ABC. Nonfiction books are found in numerical order. It's as simple as first counting by hundreds. For most early library users the best practice is to memorize their favorite nonfiction number. For those animal books it's 590.Some books break the mold when determining where they are to be shelved. It can be tricky to decide whether it's fiction or nonfiction. It can be much harder to figure out if it's really about the subject noted in the title. This Is Not a Normal Animal Book (A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, November 7, 2017) written by Julie Segal-Walters with pictures by Brian Biggs is one of those books. And it's rip-roaring hilarious!My full recommendation:

  • Syntha Green
    2018-11-03 15:39

    This book is laugh out loud funny!!!

  • Traci Bold
    2018-10-24 19:27

    This animals book written by Julie Segal-Walters and illustrated by Brian Biggs was really funny. I can picture the children giggling while reading it or it being read to them. Stretches the imagination infusing humor in the text and illustrations.Published by Simon & Schuster.#animals #humor

  • Briana
    2018-11-09 14:45

    This is one of those author talking to reader takeover kind of books. Which is kind of funny, particularly a part about a blobfish, but overall the book didn't work for me.

  • Gina Perry
    2018-10-28 18:41

    This is NOT a Normal picture book - it's an especially funny, creative, and endlessly surprising picture book. Kids will love being ahead of the jokes with their animal knowledge. I adore how each spread confuses our expectations, visually and verbally. You really don't know what to expect, but you know it's hilarious and captivating and full of extra details to make read-alouds and re-reads entertaining.

  • Angela
    2018-10-23 18:37

    I enjoyed the aspect of the illustrator going rogue. This would make a fun read aloud.

  • Ms. Jeane
    2018-11-06 19:31

    I got to say I didn't follow this book very well. I see what it was trying to do but the execution was a little clunky.

  • Susie
    2018-11-08 12:27

    This book is hilarious and even a bit educational. It includes clever interactions between the author and alleged illustrator; I'm wondering how much of that Walters actually wrote. I had the opportunity to meet her at the Indiana Library Federation annual conference and purchased a copy for a friend. Now that I've read it, I'd love to ask more questions about the process.It would be fun to recreate this project with students; you could pair them up and have one be the author, one the illustrator. When/if their work is completed, you could ask what they learned about working together.

  • Margaret Boling
    2018-11-09 18:48

    1/27/2018 ~~ A seriously hysterical book; sort of about the classification of animals into categories (i.e. mammals, birds, amphibians, etc.) But, more an imaginative look at what might happen if animals had the characteristics of other animals.Even more amusing though is the tug-of-war between the illustrator and the author. Who gets to choose the words? Who decides what the illustrations should look like?This book stands alone as a picture book about animals, but could also work well in a genre / author / illustrator study about how books are created.

  • Jen Evans
    2018-10-29 12:48

    My kids are reading it to themselves after I read it to them twice. The author and the illustrator fight over what pictures are being drawn in the book. The author wants a blobfish. The illustrator doesn’t want to draw a blobfish - it’s too “blobby” - can he please draw a shark instead? A fun way to break the fourth wall.My 10 year old understood the humor better than my 5 and 3 year old because she could see the difference in text rather than me having to say “and then the illustrator says....” but they all loved the funny picture book and were making up scary stories about blobfish.

  • Sylvia
    2018-10-18 15:40

    This picture book is a winner. It's funny and witty, and plays on the interaction between the narrator and the illustrator. The book starts off as an "animal book" describing animals, but it quickly veers into fun hijinks as the narrator switches things up ("If the cat laid an egg. . . it would be a hen") and the illustrator lags behind, fighting the unexpected turns. Kids will love the humor, the fun illustrations, and the escalating wackiness.

  • Jason Gallaher
    2018-11-03 19:24

    This is Not What I Expected, and in the best way! Segal-Walters's text had me giggling to myself while the narrator and the illustrator bickered about what to draw next. And I did not see the end coming. Then the close-up of the most bickered about animal (trying not to give too much away!) actually made me shout! It was great!

  • Halli
    2018-10-23 20:33

    When this book came in to the library where I work, I decided it would be perfect to read at my next visit with the 2nd Grade classes at one of the local elementary schools, and I was right! All three classes LOVED it as much as I did. This book is a great mix of educational material and laugh out loud humor. And if you've never seen a blobfish, don't say I didn't warn you...

  • Jessica Petersen
    2018-10-30 18:37

    This book is absolutely hilarious! I read it to myself, and laughed out loud so much that my seven-year-old demanded to know what was so funny, and he giggled and giggled and shouted, "AGAIN!" when I got to the end. I loved the interplay between the author and the illustrator right there in the story, and it also makes a fun tie-in to learning about animal classification. A huge hit at our house!

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-05 16:35

    Laugh out loud funny. Although a look into the collaboration between author and illustrator and trying to understand the meaning of another’s thoughts the book goes beyond that to show even if the animals aren’t normal the conflict inherent in teamwork is — as well as how fun it can be to work with others.

  • Diane
    2018-11-09 13:41

    "Look. You write the words your way. I'll draw the pictures my way."Everything is going fine (kind of) until the author uses the word Blobfish and the illustrator does not want to draw a blobfish. Then the illustrator throws a fit.Pair this one with Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett & Adam Rex.

  • Steph
    2018-10-24 14:31

    If you are looking to teach VOICE, here it folks.This would be an awesome comparison to Mac Barnett and Adam Rex's CHOLE AND THE LION. A narrator/author and illustrator arguing over the story is just marvelous.

  • Mel
    2018-11-05 13:33

    This book is delightful and different and kids will love it! The author and illustrator have a conversation throughout as different animals and their characteristics are introduced—in the oddest way I’ve ever seen. You yourself may learn something new (gerenuk anyone?). Totally. Memorable.

  • Heather Preusser
    2018-10-22 20:19

    This is a book about so much more than animals. It's about subverting expectations, cooperation, and the creative process. Readers who enjoy CHLOE AND THE LION by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex will also love this not normal book. Don't forget to look under the dust jacket!

  • Kerri Kokias
    2018-11-09 19:39

    This innovative book is one you just have to see for yourself. A perfect selection for raising the energy of a story time and engaging kids with reading.

  • Tj Shay
    2018-11-01 13:34

    Hilarious book. I read it to second graders and they nearly fell out of their chairs.

  • Michele Knott
    2018-11-16 14:47

    I laughed out loud. More than once. What do you think will happen when you read this book to kids?

  • Donna
    2018-11-12 14:39

    Colorful book, funny mixed up animals.

  • Lauri Meyers
    2018-11-03 19:21

    So silly and visually delicious and ... thought provoking? And definitely not a normal animal book!

  • Laine
    2018-11-07 18:36

    would've liked it better without the blobfish D:

  • Clarissa
    2018-11-14 15:41

    This is a fun book about animals with funny comments that appear to be written by the illustrator. Comments like: Amphibians "Love to dress up like princesses and pirates."

  • Jackie Senerchia
    2018-10-18 12:31

    Great book for kids about animals.

  • Michelle Gray
    2018-10-27 14:44

    This book was so silly and I think kids in storytime would really enjoy it!Themes: animals