What do you get when you cross a painfully awkward son, lofty comedic ambition and
a dead best friend?
Norman and Jax were a legendary comedic duo in waiting. They had a plan to take them all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe in just 5 years’ time. But when Jax dies before they turn twelve, Norman decides a tribute act for his best friend just can’t wait… so he rewrites their plan:
1. Look after mum
2. Find Dad
3. Get to the Edinburgh Fringe
Sadie won’t win a mother of the year award anytime soon and not knowing exactly who her son’s father is isn’t topping her list of achievements. But if performing at the Fringe and finding his dad is what will help Norman through… they’re going to make it happen.
One of those gorgeous books that completely lifts your spirits and restores your faith in humanity. An utterly lovely tale.
What a charming, funny and cheering read. There's such a lovely, buoyant innocence to Norman and his quest - a coming-of-age that tickles and moves in equal measure. The writing is sharp but tender and in the same way that Marcus in About a Boy strengthens his house of cards, Norman builds the eccentric, loving network he deserves.
Norman Foreman will capture your heart. His story had me in tears, both of laughter and sorrow, as he bravely battles against the odds to achieve his dream. The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is a book full of hope, humour and kindness, with one of the most endearing central characters I've met in a long time. An utter delight!
The funny thing about Norman Foreman is that he's wheedled his way into my heart, and I suspect I'll have a Norman shaped hole there forever.
What a delightful read! This book is about what's really important: caring for each other and finding ways through the problems life throws at us, no matter how terrible they can be. The story is both hilarious and heart-warming, with one 'helluva' brave, wise, and lovable twelve-year-old hero... Three cheers for Norman Foreman!