July 8, 2016
Seriously, Norman - by Chris Raschka
This is kind of a weird story, but I loved it. Norman didn't do so well on his standardized test, so his parents hired a tutor, one Mr. Balthazar Birdsong, who seems more intersted in having Norman read the dictionary and watch clouds than in preparing him for the test. In the end, though, Mr. B's lessons turn out to have been just what Norman needed to find his courage and save the day.
This book will get you curious about New York City, kites, dictionaries (my son asked for a dictionary of his own after we listened to this audiobook), and of course, hot chocolate. It's well worth the read, even if the cover has you scratching your head (as it does me). It's a well-voiced audiobook, too.