Picture Book Review: Norton and the Bear

Norton and the Bear by Gabriel Evans

Norton and the Bear
by Gabriel Evans (Goodreads Author)

5 out of 5 stars

Norton prides himself on being unique. He likes to dress in unique styles that no one else has. But then he meets a Bear who starts to copy him. The Bear buys the exact same sweater that Norton is wearing. Norton adds a scarf to make sure that his look is different. But the Bear buys the same scarf too! Norton adds a hat and a flower and socks, trying to find something completely original and unique that no one can copy. But the Bear just keeps copying his outfit and laughing that they are twins. Finally Norton yells at the Bear to stop copying him! But then Norton feels guilty for being so rude. Can Norton and the Bear learn to be friends and still feel unique?

I loved this book! So cute!! I definitely understand how Norton feels special when he has something unique to him that expresses who he is in a tangible way. And then to have someone else copy that same thing feels like someone is trying to steal your identity. I liked how Norton finally gets some perspective and realizes that the Bear is not threatening his sense of self. Clothes are an important part of self-expression, but there are many other things that express our personality in special and unique ways. I love that this book explores this topic in a funny way that also tells a great story!

The illustrations are so fun! You can really see Norton’s emotions through his facial expressions and body language. The Bear is so vibrant and jolly and exuberant! The art work is absolutely stunning with all these little details and random passersby in the background of the scenes. I think it’s interesting that there are humans and animals mixed together in this world, all walking in and out of shops and going about their business. It was interesting to see what other people on the street were wearing, in contrast to what Norton was wearing. Since Norton is so focused on clothing, it made me look at other fashions on the background characters too.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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