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Stormin’ Norman: The Bark in the Park

Andy Allen and Brian Barber

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 11.00" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 978-1-59298-896-9
  • Publication Date: 2015-03-16
  • Beaver's Pond Press

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Stormin’ Norman: The Bark in the Park

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Friendship is a gift to treasure, but sometimes we need to learn how to be friends. With the help of a tasty Frisbee and the Golden Rule, Norm teaches a new dog at the dog park just how easy it can be to make a new friend. This book will help people of all ages learn to use the Golden Rule, which will assist them in making pals in their own “dog parks.”

Stormin' Norman: The Bark in the Park   AUTHOR:         Allen, Andy ILLUSTRATOR: Barber, Brian

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Reviewed by Stacie Gorkow www.SincerelyStacie.com & Cedar Rapids Gazette

Norman the dog is back in another adventure. This time he is at the dog park. We are introduced to each of the dogs, full of unique personalities. After some playtime, it’s time for a drink. Frank, the bully dog, doesn’t want to let anyone else in for a drink and does some mean things to the other dogs. Norman decides to teach Frank a lesson. Will Frank become a friendly dog or continue his bullying ways?

I love how the author created dogs with names and personalities to match their breed. The illustrations were spot on and made the dogs almost human. I think young children will find the playdate at the dog park to be similar to one of their own playdates. Norman shows the way for kids to handle bullies and gives kids the tools to take action. 

Like Allen’s first book, this one also includes a rhyming scheme to make the story fun for the kids. At the heart of this story is true friendship and how it needs to be cherished. This golden rule lesson applies to the kids reading the story as well as to the adults in their lives. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book to talk with your child about bullies and how to best handle those types of situations.

Andy Allen

Andy Allen is from the great state of Iowa, where he has been an elementary school teacher for eleven years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in early childhood education. In addition to writing children’s stories, he also coaches basketball and has dreams of becoming a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. Andy lives in Cedar Rapids with his family.

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Brian Barber

Brian Barber is an illustrator, animator, and designer who has worked on children's books, advertising campaigns, TV commercials, music videos, documentaries, and many other crazy projects. He once designed a logo and got paid with potatoes and cabbage. He lives in Duluth, Minnesota where he can watch the sun come up over Lake Superior every morning while he drinks his coffee. His work can be seen at brianbarber.com and brianbarber.tv.

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