Norman is a slug who longs to be a snail - if only he could find a shell!
Kids will laugh out loud at Norman's crazy antics as he goes to hilarious lengths to find a shell of his own. But will he be satisfied once he finds one, or will his dreams get bigger and bigger and bigger?
Another crazy character from the creator of the hit picture book Barry the Fish with Fingers and the bestselling Supertato.
'With similarly bold illustration, eye-catching cover and simple text [as Barry the Fish with Fingers] this has the potential to be another hit.' The Bookseller
'Lovely glittery illustrations and simple text make this a must for pre-schoolers.' The Daily Mail
'A fantastically bold and fun picture book that will teach children the importance of accepting who you are.' Junior News and Mail
'Norman's antics are superbly illustrated in a bold, decorative style and the story carefully crafted to build anticipation and humour.' Books for Keeps
'This is a silly, funny story which young readers will love.' Carousel
As a slug, Norman admires the patterned shells on snails' backs. And who can blame him? In Hendra's vivid illustrations, their shells are as bright and enticing as peppermint candies. But the snails have no interest in Norman. When he inadvertently ruins a game they are playing, one snail sniffs, "This only works if you've got a shell." Norman takes this as a challenge and tries on a variety of potential shells: a tennis ball proves "too bouncy," an alarm clock is "too noisy," and a worm-infested apple is "already taken." Norman gets the snails' seal of approval after he straps a pink-frosted doughnut with sprinkles to his back ("Ta-da! A shell!") until a bird swoops down and snatches the doughnut, with Norman still attached. Though Norman has been unhappy with his identity throughout the book, he uses his innate slug talent to escape: "He made slime lots and lots of it!" Don't look for just-be-yourself messages here: Hendra (Dragon Jelly) ends with a goofy scene that indicates that Norman isn't done trying out life as other creatures. Ages 4 8.
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My daughter has loved this book since she was 2, and it still remains her favourite now that she is 4. A must for your child's story collection. Sue Hendra knows how to create characters that children will come to love.
It is spectacular for kids any age! The silly shell was delicious but don't take it from us-find out who thinks it is too in the story. - by Cole Age 9