Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Or is it just annoying? This hilarious read-aloud helps children deal with the sensitive topics of conformity, individuality and belonging in an accessible way, This is a must-have for every child you know.
"The conceit that enables the premise of this book — poignant comic tension between an “exceptionally unique” dog and a copycat bear — to succeed so spectacularly is its setting, a world in which fully dressed animals walking on two feet mingle seamlessly with humans."
New York Times
"Heartwarming and humorous, as well as filled with rewarding discussion opportunities, this is a valuable addition to all collections."
School Library Journal
"A comical look at admiration gone too far...With a message sure to resonate with both trend setters and followers, this story will have wide appeal".
Booklist STARRED REVIEW
"Norton and the Bear is wonderful story about similarities and differences, and that it's ok to have both. It's a reminder that even if we have things in common, there are always things that make each of us unique."
Kids Book Review
"This is an endearing story about the contradictory need to be different, yet to belong. ..Gabriel Evans has taken this theme and created two lovable relatable characters who struggle with the push pull of this dichotomy until they realise they are inherently unique on the inside."
CBCA Reading Time
"This is a simple, meaningful and visually stunning book that reminds us all that what we look like on the outside doesn't matter nearly so much as what we are like on the inside."
"A first-class picture book for our youngest readers."