Cover image for ParaNorman
Title:
ParaNorman
Author:
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown, [2012]

©2012
Physical Description:
242 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Disbelieved when he reveals an ability to communicate with ghosts, eleven year-old Norman Babcock uses his special talents when his quaint New England town is overrun by pilgrim zombies, an angry witch, and his boy-crazy teenage sister.
General Note:
Paging varies.

"Based on the animated feature screenplay by Chris Butler."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
790 Lexile.
Added Uniform Title:
ParaNorman (Motion picture)
ISBN:
9780316209861

9780316209878
Format :
Book

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Summary

In a quaint New England town with a history of witches and pilgrims, misunderstood eleven-year-old Norman Babcock can see and talk to ghosts. No one believes him, of course-everyone just thinks he's weird (including his parents). But when a folktale of a witch who cursed her accusers turns out to be true, it's up to Norman to save the town from pilgrim zombies! He'll also have to take on a very angry witch, an annoying sidekick, his boy-crazy teenage sister, and dozens of moronic grown-ups who get in his way. This young ghoul whisperer finds his paranormal talents pushed to their otherworldly limits in this hilarious and spooky adventure!

Featuring gorgeous black-and-white interior illustrations and a story beyond what you'll see in the film, this novel is sure to delight!


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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The novelization is not an acclaimed genre, but Kimmel (the Suddenly Supernatural series) has labored to get this version of the forthcoming animated feature to stand on its own. Norman is an 11-year-old citizen of Blithe Hollow, a fictional New England town that held witch trials 300 years ago. Like his crazy-seeming great-uncle, Norman can communicate with dead people. (And dead animals, too.) Trying to defend the town against a witch's curse, Norman teams up with the usual unlikely band of allies. Judging from this book and the movie trailer, the film (due out in August from the producers of Coraline) will impress viewers with the visual surprises of its stop-motion animation rather than with its plotting or characterizations. Kimmel tries hard to fill in the blanks and extend the story, but it often reads more like a friendly cannibalization than a creative enterprise. Which is probably fine for a kid's movie-turned-book about zombies, ghosts, and witches.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Adapted from the screenplay for the animated movie, ParaNorman works as more than simply a novelization. For as long as he can remember, 11-year-old Norman Babcock has seen and heard ghosts of both the human and animal variety. During his grandmother's funeral a year ago, he finally decided to talk back. This makes him something of an outcast in his small New England town, but he doesn't really mind. One ghost Norman has never had contact with is the witch who was executed centuries ago by the townspeople. On the eve of the 300th anniversary of her trial, Norman receives dire news: her curse will raise an army of undead and destroy the town unless he uses his power to stop her. While supporting characters are painted with fairly broad strokes-the boy-crazy older sister and dim-witted bully, for example-Norman is more fully developed with an interesting character arc as he learns he can rely on friends and family. Humor abounds with only mildly scary action, and the plot is augmented by some solid secondary themes including the fear of differences and the danger of mob mentality. Stylized, monochromatic illustrations introduce each chapter, and a "report" on the Blithe Hollow witch trial by one of Norman's classmates is included.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.