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Author: Chris Raschka Narrator: Jesse Bernstein Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545448567
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Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka makes his dazzling debut as a fiction writer.

FORMAT: 6 CDs, Unabridged

Now that the whole thing is over (and we all survived!), I can tell you what happened.
Picture this for a second. Rock wall six inches on my left. Sheer cliff hundreds of feet down on my right, my best friend Norman in front of me, mumbling something, and my mom behind me saying, "Step, step, step."
EEEEEEYAAAAAH! Next time my mom bugs me about sitting in front of the computer too much, I'm going to say, "Thanks, I prefer it where the near-death experiences are virtual!"
No, seriously, this story is about Norman and about how he grows and learns stuff. Uses his imagination. Observes things. Like his dad, who is so devoted to . . . money! Like how his dad is mixed up with weird creeps of the underworld. All over the world!
Why, why are grown-ups so insane?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Norman is a companionable protagonist whose affection for his clueless parents is charming. Time with Mr. B is also well spent—the book is a veritable benefaction for readers’ vocabularies. It’s also easy to love a tutor who declares his mission, “is to get your heads and noses out of your textbooks and back into the clouds where they belong.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jesse Bernstein’s narration talents are put to good use in this quirky story…His pacing and cadence are perfect for following the story along its wacky and word-filled journey. Bernstein’s narration rockets this book into the imagination.” 


  • “Bernstein’s spot-on narration will help listeners keep the characters straight and breeze through dictionary definitions, and raises the book to a whole new level of hilarity.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “Appealingly quirky and adventurous; a celebration of the power of self-directed learning and thinking outside the box.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/19/2014

    " for upper elementary/middle school kids who like Daniel Pinkwater--offbeat humor, layers of meaning, characters you would like to hang out with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanna | 12/23/2013

    " Contained a lot of humor throughout the book but some events went on too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 9/1/2013

    " The main character is named Norman Normann, his mother is named Norma Normann, and his father is named Orman Norman. And it only gets better from there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 8/19/2013

    " This sounds like a fun, interesting book! Looks like it will have interesting characters in a fun story! I'm looking forward to reading it! I just love a book with a sense of humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/17/2012

    " Great humor. Can't wait to see what the pictures look like and how they affect the story. But I don't see kids following along with all the language and word play. It's a complicated story with lots of references they may not get. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxy | 1/31/2012

    " Never received giveaway. Marking as read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stillme | 1/22/2012

    " A funny alphabet book for middle grade readers. I really liked the crazy vocabulary, though I wonder if it would be a little overwhelming for the intended audience. Great subtext on getting a "real" education from life, not teach-to-the-test learning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horace | 10/26/2011

    " Yes, an extremely talented illustrator CAN crossover to write fiction. Norman and the gang are trying to figure out adults.... good luck. P.K. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/22/2011

    " arc=no illustrations :-(
    Can't wait to see the final product. Great read for Gr5-8. A wonderful language enriched text. "

About the Narrator

Jesse Bernstein is an audiobook narrator and winner of seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. His many works include The Battle of the Labyrinth, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Girls, Chasing Windmills, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series.