Normal Nina and the Magic Box



Book: Normal Nina and the Magic Box

Author: Ian Sadler

Illustrator: Adrienne Brown

Publisher: Gelos Publications, 2016

ISBN-13: 978-0996415705

ISBN-10: 099641570X

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Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 3 – 8

Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Sadler, Ian.  Normal Nina and the Magic Box (published in 2016 by Gelos Publications, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1032, Chicago, IL  60604).  Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Or wished for something that you didn’t have?  Normal Nina is just a regular person who feels that nobody notices or appreciates her because all she does are the regular things.

Nina was quite normal,

For a girl of her age,

Right height and shoe size,

Wore clothes all the rage.

Then one day she discovers a strange magic box outside her house and meets the blue-masked genie who lives there.  As he grants her three wishes, will she find satisfaction in the adventures of growing taller, eating strange foods, and saying funny things?  Or is there something else that she needs to know?  And who is that genie anyway?

In this book, which is part of “The Laugh and Learn Series,” author Ian Sadler’s rhyming text and illustrator Adrienne Brown’s delicate, detailed drawings combine for a delightful and charming story which shows young children the valuable life lesson that, while trying new things can be fun, being “normal” is all right too.  There are two pages at the end of the book with eleven group and individual activities to extend the learning for the home or classroom.  There is nothing scary or otherwise objectionable, and no bad language occurs.  One other reviewer noticed something that I also saw, which is a lot of unnecessary commas, some in rather strange places.  Other than this, Normal Nina and the Magic Box is a funny, creative book to help youngsters understand the importance of learning to be content with who they are and what they have.

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