Norton and the Bear
Gabriel Evans
Publisher: Berbay Publishing
ISBN: 9780648785132
Awards Year: 2021
Category: Picture Book of the Year
The publisher says...

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Or is it just annoying? This irresistible read-aloud helps children deal with the sensitive topics of conformity, individuality and belonging in an accessible, kid-friendly way. Whether you’re more like Norton or the bear, this story will show you that there’s room for all kinds of creative expression. 

The author says...

Click on the icon below to watch a video by Gabriel Evans where he shares the inspiration for Norton and the Bear, gives some insight into his creative process (and a peek into his sketchbook!) and shares his favourite character.


The CBCA judges say...

Taking the notion that ‘imitation is the best form of flattery’, Norton is a character who will be readily identified by readers as one who doesn't like anyone stealing his thunder. The illustrations are rendered with deftness that perfectly pace the story and depict Norton’s increased anxiety as he tries to outsmart the Bear. The use of watercolour and pencils give the book a lovely ambience and Evans pitches his characters against white backgrounds. Characterisation is strong and readers will find it easy to empathise with Norton and Bear and their specific 'side of the story.' The visual and written text work perfectly and the typography is unusual but appropriate to the mood and style of the book. The resolution of the story, in which both characters are winners, is reassuring and pleasing. Text and the illustrations work as one, with animals and humans littered through several pages. Lots of detail with minimal fuss make this a delightful book.

The Reading Time reviewers say...

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