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ParaNorman by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
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Aug 26, 2012

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bookshelves: children, horror, humor, supernatural, owned-books
Read from August 24 to 26, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

My interest in vampires has waned considerably in the last decade, yet every time you look around there’s a new book about them. It seems, however, that tv shows, movies, books, games, etc., about zombies are slowly creeping their way to take center stage. Could zombies be the new black? Time will tell.

“ParaNorman” is one of those modern books that wear its politically correct message very much on its sleeve, like a T-shirt slogan that reads “Meat is Murder”. Norman Babcock also learns a useful “message” about the importance of the value of friendship. However, his coterie, while convincingly written in different voices, comes across as just a little bit clichéd. There’s the Pretty Vapid Cheerleader, Jovial Fat Kid, Clueless Jock, Cro-Magnon Bully, Clueless Parents, Brainy Nerd, etc.

But when it isn’t banging the drum about how difference can be useful, tolerance or castigating bullying, it is a ripping story of zombie attack, vengeance from beyond the grave and a hideous curse. Cue the scary music!

All right, “ParaNorman” really isn’t that scary, although exciting in parts, but it is an amiable way to pass the time. It also comes with a few surprises at the end as well as an appendix given in the form of a book report by the Brainy Nerd, so that is worth checking. This is definitely a book for the younger set and kids who are zombie crazy like Norman.

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Reading Progress

08/26/2012 page 44
17.0% "Mrs. Henscher's beret flew off as she bellowed the final line, spraying the stage with spit as she overpronounced every syllable. Then she handed the script back to Norman.
"Got that?" she asked.
"Um..." he said, but he took the script back because anything would be better than listening to Mrs. Henscher read the lines again."

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