Perfect Picture Book Friday! That’s Not Normal by Mar Pavón

2 Dec

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a good anti-bullying story.

normalThat’s Not Normal
Written by Mar Pavón
Illustrated by Laure du Faÿ
44 pages – ages 6+

Published by NubeOcho on Sept. 13 2016

Theme/Topic- Being bullied/Helping others

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Elephant had a very, very long trunk… Incredibly long!


Synopsis from Publisher: “The elephant has a very long trunk. With it he helps all his friends, but the hippopotamus always mocks him and says: “that’s not normal!’

But what is “normal”?”

What I Thought- I love that this book has Hippopotamus being nasty, but still the animals help him. It shows that you should always try to help others. There is, of course, an anti-bullying statement, ending with Hippopotamus and Elephant collaborating. It is a nice story line. The illustrations are simple, and they remind me of some comic strips. Kids will like that. Ms. Pavón has a nice, basic, easy-to-read type of writing style, and the words are formatted to accent words in a fun way. An all-around great book! 😀

Activities and Resources- I found an article from on showing acceptance of others as a parental figure HERE.

There is a nice lesson plan for teachers/homeschoolers from about teaching acceptance HERE.

What’s nice about this publisher is that NubeOcho publishes this and many other titles in Spanish too!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

30 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! That’s Not Normal by Mar Pavón”

  1. Patricia Tilton December 2, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    Oh, I like this book. Such an important topic to discuss with kids. Great pick!


  2. Cathy Ballou Mealey December 2, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Wonderful cover will draw readers right in! Great!


  3. Gabi Snyder December 2, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    I love that this book asks the reader to question what is “normal.” This sounds like a great book about helping others!


  4. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer December 2, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    In questioning what “normal” is, my mother-in-law likes to say there are only two things in the world that are normal: a setting on the clothes dryer and a city in Illinois. Actually, there are five US cities named Normal. This book sounds like it comes with a good message for children. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for another great review.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks December 19, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      Thank you! My dad’s philosophy is “Anyone you think is normal you don’t know well”. 🙂


  5. julie rowan zoch December 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    That cover says MUST READ to me!!!


  6. Catherine Johnson December 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

    Great message and cute story, Erik.


  7. Joanna December 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    I love how the elephant looks like an octopus!


  8. Sue Heavenrich December 2, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

    Sounds like a great book that shares the message of acceptance. Also, I agree with Joanna about the elephant looking like an octopus.


  9. Maria Marshall (@MariaMarshall_) December 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    What IS normal? Thanks for highlighting this book.


  10. Lindsey McDivitt December 2, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    What an imaginative approach to demonstrate acceptance and bullying!


  11. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog December 2, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

    I hadn’t heard of this one. Sounds like a great book to read with kids at school!


  12. Keila Dawson December 3, 2016 at 4:01 am #

    Definitely need to read this one. Never enough books on the topic of self-acceptance.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks December 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

      I think you are exactly right on this. We do need books like this in schools and houses. 🙂


  13. viviankirkfield December 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    Great review, Erik…and I agree, I love that the animals still want to help Hippo, even though he hasn’t been nice to them…it’s a good lesson in getting along, no matter what.


  14. Diane Tulloch December 5, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Yes like everyone else, I loved the message this portrays. It’s a great fine, Erik.


  15. Penny Parker Klostermann December 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi, Erik. Thanks for the great review. I definitely will be checking this one out!


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