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

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!

Categories: Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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30 replies

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

  2. Wonderful cover will draw readers right in! Great!

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

  4. 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.

  5. That cover says MUST READ to me!!!

  6. Great message and cute story, Erik.

  7. I love how the elephant looks like an octopus!

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

  9. What IS normal? Thanks for highlighting this book.

  10. What an imaginative approach to demonstrate acceptance and bullying!

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

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

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

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

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