Groundwood Books

Norman, Speak!

Written by Caroline Adderson • Illustrated by Qin Leng

For readers 4 - 7 years old | Published April 01, 2014 | ISBN 9781554983223
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs

Cover of Norman, Speak!

Regular price $17.95 CAD

32 pages
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Norman, Speak!

Caroline Adderson • Qin Leng

Norman, Speak! tells the comical yet thought-provoking story of a boy and his family who adopt a dog that just can’t seem to learn the things other dogs do.

Overwhelmed by dogs in need at their local animal shelter, a young boy chooses Norman, the stray that’s been there the longest. But, upon bringing him home, the family quickly learns that Norman won’t respond to commands. He doesn’t even know his own name.

During a chance encounter with another dog owner in the park, the family is very surprised to learn the reason for Norman’s confusion; he “speaks” Chinese instead of English! And so the family enrolls in a language class, determined to understand their uniquely loveable pet.

The humorous text, from award-winning author Caroline Adderson, and Qin Leng’s delightful illustrations combine to create a picture book that will be enjoyed by readers (and dogs) no matter what language they speak.

About the Creators

Caroline Adderson

CAROLINE ADDERSON is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. Her work for adults has been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her middle-grade novel, Middle of Nowhere, won the Sheila E. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the CLA Children’s Book of the Year Award. She is also the author of the enormously successful Jasper John Dooley series. Caroline is program director of the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Qin Leng

Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and received the APALA Award for best picture book. Her most recent books include The Better Tree Fort by Jessica Scott Kerrin as well as Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary, which were both selected for USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended OLA Best Bets (Picture Books), 2015
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2015
  • Short-listed OLA Best Bets (Picture Books), 2015
  • Short-listed Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, 2015
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