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3: May Produce Gas (The World of Norm) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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Length: 293 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 5 - 8

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Riotously funny. (Red House Children's Book Award)

Packed with laughs. (Peters Gazette)

Hilarious. (Bookseller)

A hilarious read. Another laugh-out-loud story about Norm... witty and clever, with equally amusing illustrations this is another great book. (parentsintouch.co.uk)

You are doing something right when your latest book is sent to a reviewer and her son snatches it out of her hand, shouting, "yesssss!" My ten-year-old loved it: it's bonkers, with more than a hint of toilet humour and a belly-full of laughs. Very funny, very silly. (Birmingham Post)

One of the greatest kid's books I have ever read. Witty, humorous and charming. If you are to select just one book for this school year, check out The World of Norm first! (Typhoon Club)

Hilarious read... witty and clever, with equally amusing illustrations this is another great book. (parentsintouch.co.uk)

Norm is one of the best:a home-grown comic hero. (Bookseller)

Will be a hit among schoolboys at Christmas. Never short on humour, your son won't be able to put the book down. (Family Interest)

If you have a great sense of humour and you laugh a lot then buy this book. (East Boldon Bookworms)

I love the World of Norm books. They're really funny and they make me laugh. (The Shields Gazette (bookworm))

Fans of Jeff Kinney will not be disappointed. (Books for Keeps)

Really amusing line illustrations make this a rapid read. (Carousel)

Book Description

Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he got blamed for global warming. And that's just the tip of the iceberg...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10314 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PGKCD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Dr Phibes VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2013
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26 Chapters over 275 pages featuring 12 year old Norm and his interaction with family and friends.

Mainly given over to speech and Norms thoughts including;

Aha! Thought Norm. So that's what this was all about. He might have known. Never mind all that global warming save the flipping planet guff. It was all about money! It always flipping was these days. It was so unfair. Why should Norm have to suffer just because his stupid dad had gone and got himself sacked.

Grandad can I take you to school tomorrow? We've got to take in something old that doesn't work.

If you've got a child in this age range then you will appreciate the humour more, lots of double meanings and taking everything literally to annoy his parents. I didn't like it but my 10 year old loved it.
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Though this book, the third in Jonathan Meres's "World of Norm" series, runs to a hefty 270 pages, I did initially feel that there was some unnecessary padding of the material, with line spaces rather than indents separating the paragraphs and repetitive dialogue exchanges such as the following example from page 79:

"We think he's been acting a little..." began Norm's mum.

"What?" said Norm.

"Not *what*," said Norm's dad. "*Pardon*."

"I mean, he's been acting a little *what*?" said Norm.

However, it then occurred to me that the latter actually make for very realistic conversations, especially when uncommunicative young boys are involved, as is the case here.

In fact, much of the characterisation in "May Produce Gas" rings true. This includes the girl next door, Chelsea, whom Norm finds extremely irritating - at nearly 13 years old, Norm is not yet old enough to be interested in girls, and he is horrified when his slightly older best friend Mikey starts suffering from the effects of HORMONES!

I also loved the fact that Norm gets on better with his laid-back grandfather than with either of his parents, even though his mum is pretty cool too. (This is a generational phenomenon that has also recently been depicted to good effect in the radio comedy "Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang-Ups".) Grandpa is wonderfully characterised and described, especially his cloud-like eyebrows and the crinkles that appear near his eyes whenever he is pulling Norm's leg.

The story is a series of events rather than a fully developed plot with a decisive resolution, which I suppose leaves the door open for plenty more visits to the world of Norm. Nevertheless, I found large tracts of this book page-turningly readable. It's a gas!
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By A. Milne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2013
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My son, (age 9), is a massive fan of Tom Gates and so I thought that he would enjoy this book since it appeared to be of a similar ilk.

As I expected, he really did enjoy this book, but not quite to the extent that he loves Tom Gates. Having read it myself I think that it is because this book contains just slightly older jokes and topics than does Tom Gates and so some parts of it perhaps left our just-turned-9-year-old a little bemused. As an example this book makes a lot of references to hormones and deodorant and the main character, Norm, is almost 13 so I think that it is probably most appropriate and most likely to be enjoyed by pre-teens. There is a lot of use of words like "flipping" but nothing too offensive in my opinion...but it's worth noting if you're offended by things like that. I think that this book will be revisited several times, and I'm pretty sure that my son will get more out of it and find it even more over the course of the next couple of years.

On the whole this book is an awful lot of fun and is full of incidents that boys, in particular, are likely to find very funny. I found some of the main characters quite endearing - particularly Grandpa - and seeing my son reading it and crying with laughter is always a great thing. This book isn't too wordy, so should appeal even to rather reluctant readers and the simple cartoon drawings throughout do add to the enjoyment of the story. Would I recommend this book? Abso-flipping-lutely!! (In the words of Norm)
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I am ten yrs old... Thought this book was good.. Would recommend it to others... Happy reading to those who like the world of norm!
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By Mummy of Two TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2013
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This is a brilliant book which appears to be in a similar style to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Tom Gates series and my nephew absolutely loved it. As another reviewer mentioned anything that has poo or body functions mentioned is bound to appeal to young boys around 8 to 12 years old! Thankfully though the whole book is not about that subject but is written from a 12 year old boy called Norm's perspective and my nephew was howling with laughter whilst reading it. The writing on the pages is nicely spaced out and large but not overly large to make reading it easier for any not so confident readers. There are also lots of sketch drawings on the pages of the book and illustrations for example when his father shouts Norman it is in really big bold writing to denote shouting. A very very enjoyable book that is sure to appeal to the 8+ market and fans of the Wimpy Kid series.
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By Mr Gumby TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2012
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Norm versus The World! I'm finding it hard to find anything to fault with this book. It's one of my 11-year-old grandson's favourite reads and, browsing through it, I can understand why - I reckon it would have been one of my favourites too. Highly recommended.
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