Normal Nina and the Magic Box

Normal Nina and the Magic Box

by Ian Sadler, Adrienne Brown


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996415705
Publisher: Gelos Publications
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Series: The Laugh & Learn Series , #1
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

After a successful career in the world of professional services in London, Ian Sadler has turned his time and attention to one of his most rewarding hobbies—creating humorous, rhyming stories for children. Now with two Mom's Choice Gold Awards, he continues to bring to life his colorful, fun-loving characters and overlays gentle messages for daily living in the family and at school. With a presence both in the United States and the United Kingdom, his publishing company originally focused on his stories written when his own kids, Alice and George, were growing up. Now it expands for a new audience of young readers as they begin their journey through the education system. His writings continue to adhere to this trademark style, delivering a valuable opportunity for enjoyment and learning for children, and their parents, taking these early steps into academic life.

Artist, Adrienne Brown, always loved to look at books with drawings and paintings early on in her childhood. “It just amazed me that you could create such a visual with just a pencil edge or stroke of a brush”. She carried that with her and studied Graphic Design & Illustration at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS receiving her BFA in 1992. Her favorite medium is watercolor but uses many. She started with a small graphics company” C3” and helped design children’s meal bags and toys for some clients such as “Sonic”,” Bonanza”, and “California Pizza Kitchen”. She has been a graphic designer and freelance artist for 25 years. Through the years of many illustrations and many graphics she still has the inner “tingle” for illustrating children’s books.

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Normal Nina and the Magic Box 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
There are some life lessons that are difficult to teach. One of them is that it’s perfectly fine to be “average” or “normal”. It’s impossible to be the best in everything you do, instead you need to focus on being “your best”. You aren’t always going to be the star athlete, musician or student, instead focus on being yourself and that’s when you become a star! “Normal Nina and the Magic Box” is a story that helps illustrate that being yourself is always the best choice. “Normal Nina and the Magic Box” is the story of Nina, a girl who sees herself as ordinary. She wants her playmates to notice her for being extra-ordinary. Nina is granted three wishes when stumbles on a strange magic box outsider her home and meets the genie inside. Nina knows exactly what her three wishes will be and there is nothing “normal” about them! What happens to Nina when her wishes come true? Written by Ian Sadler, “Normal Nina and the Magic Box” teaches children that they can be special by just being their “normal” selves. We all dream of having an amazing talent that sets us apart from others, but what we often miss is the little everyday things that make us special. Maybe it’s the way you can make some laugh or the way that you can cheer someone up with a hug. You don’t have to do something “extra-ordinary” you just need to be “you” and that is enough to make you special. After reading the story is a great time to talk to your children about how they see themselves versus how others see them. We are often very critical of ourselves, seeing imperfections that others never even notice. Nina is concerned that her friends think her lame and that drives her to try to be someone different. This is also a great time to talk to your children about being happy where they are in life. We can wish for things to be different, but different can have some unexpected outcomes! The back of the book has some group and individual activities that you can do with your children. I love these activities as they help me to discover new ways to explore the book with my children. The story is written in rhyme and uses simple words and phrases that will attract young readers. Each page is accompanied by colourful illustrations that capture the imagination of little minds. “Normal Nina and the Magic Box” is a wonderful story that shows us that being extra-ordinary can be fun and exciting, but being your “normal” self is amazing too. It shows us that you don’t have to be different to be special to your family, friends or yourself! *Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Normal Nina and the Magic Box” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Young Nina was a happy girl except for one thing...she was normal - normal in height, normal in shoe size, normal, normal, normal. Was there anything more boring? Nina was about to find out just how nice normal can be. Normal Nina and the Magic Box introduces Nina who is simply bored to tears with being normal. But normal to Nina,/Was just dull, bland and plain./"All of my friends," she said,/"Must think I'm so lame!" On one normal Monday, Nina wandered into the garden where she discovered a giant red box. Peeking inside, Nina found an amazing array of bright lights and dials, surrounded by squishy soft walls. As Nina explored, a boy dressed in blue, complete with mask, popped out and introduced himself as "...'Jack the Amazing,'A Genie, Grade Two." Like all good genies, Jack the Amazing gave Nina three wishes. Nina is quick to respond, "Make playmates notice me,/And guess what, most of all,/Like the biggest giraffe,/I want to be tall." When Nina wakes up the next morning, she discovers that her wish didn't quite go the way she wanted...With two more tries, Nina is determined to get it right and not be normal. Will she succeed? Normal Nina and the Magic Box offers children an important lesson in accepting themselves as they are. With clever rhymes and a silly premise (Nina's brother is the genie,) children will giggle every time Nina gets her wish and things go terribly wrong. The illustrations are fun and bright and add the right amount of playfulness to the story. At the end of the book are two pages of suggested "group and individual activities." Quill says: A fun story that teaches children to be happy with what they are instead of whishing to be someone else.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
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.