Book review: No A Norman: La historia de un pecicito dorado, by Kelly Bennett, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, translated by Teresa Mlawer

Bennett, Kelly. No A Norman: La historia de un pececito dorado.Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Translated by Teresa Mlawer.  Candlewick Press, 2016. $6.99. ISBN 9780763689063. Unp. Ages 4-8. P7Q7

bennett-no-a-normanA boy wants a pet. For his birthday, his parents give him Norman, a goldfish who can’t play fetch, cuddle, or chase balls of yarn. Instead, he just swims in continuous circles—or does he? No A Norman tells the story of how expectations affect perception and how those perceptions can change with an open mind. Originally published in English, this Spanish translation makes a good effort to maintain the boy’s expressive language and the comic tone of the story. The translated text extends to the brightly colored, almost cubist illustrations whose occasional letterings are also in Spanish. As a result, this version’s attention to detail delivers a great choice for young readers who seek a Spanish language option.

October 2016 review by Lillian Curanzy.


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