For this week’s Friday post I have chosen ParaNorman by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. Today I received a ParaNorman prize package in the mail, which included this book, as well as a host of other things (backpack, 2 t-shirts, 3 nightlights, 2 notebooks, a toothbrush, 2 picture books, a cupcake kit, a cookie cutter, 2 ParaNorman masks, pencils and stickers, 2 keyrings, and a ParaNorman recipe booklet). I won this from a giveaway hosted by Danielle at There’s A Book. I’ll have to fight with my daughter over who will read the book first, but we’ll probably read it first before seeing the movie. GoodReads has the following synopsis:
In a quaint New England town with a history of witches and pilgrims, misunderstood eleven-year-old Norman Babcock can see and talk to ghosts. No one believes him, of course-everyone just thinks he’s weird (including his parents). But when a folktale of a witch who cursed her accusers turns out to be true, it’s up to Norman to save the town from pilgrim zombies! In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on a very angry witch, an annoying sidekick, his boy-crazy teenage sister, and dozens of moronic grown-ups who get in his way. This young ghoul whisperer finds his paranormal talents pushed to their otherworldly limits in this hilarious and spooky adventure!
Featuring gorgeous black-and-white interior illustrations and a story beyond what you’ll see in the film, this novel is sure to delight!
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of ParaNorman:
From the prologue:
“You have been arraigned for the detestable arts of witchcraft and sorcery. You have feloniously and maliciously performed evil works against your fellow towns people, witnessed by these good citizens who have gathered here to render their testimony. Have you anything to say to the court at this time? Are you prepared to admit your evil works and repent?”
From chapter 1:
On the day Norman Babcock was born, strange things happened. Norman heard some of the birthday stories right from his own mother – how all the lights in the maternity ward blew their fuses at the very moment the doctor announced, “It’s a boy!” How the dogs across town set up a strange chorus of howling right about the same time. How two guys coming off their shift at Witchy Weiner saw a rainbow in the sky – which might not sound that weird but really was when you added in the details that it was one in the morning and that the rainbow was shaped like a huge question mark…
I think this will be a fun book for our family to read just before Halloween!
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of ParaNorman:
Norman heard a few phrases. “That weird kid” and “pretends to see ghosts” and “not a good dude to hang out with.”
“Cut it out, Mitch,” Norman heard Neil say. “He’s no weirder than I am. Actually, he’s just as weird as I am. I like him.”
Oh well, at least someone is sticking up for Norman! I’ll probably get this one read pretty soon. It’s not a huge book, either, and should be a fun read. Here’s a pic too of us posing with some of the stuff from the prize pack (we still have to decide who is getting what):