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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Are We Normal?: Funny, True Stories From an Everyday Family by Christina Scalise is a quick, humorous read. Not only is this book funny but you can learn from it as well. My own mother also used to tell me, "Do not eat yellow snow." This advice I plan to tell my own child as well. When I started Are We Normal?: Funny, True Stories From an Everyday Family, it seemed like a bunch of random stories from a diary that had been thrown together. You must pay attention because there are chapters and they do have titles that group the stories together. The stories towards the end of the book seem to fit together better as chapters than the ones in the first couple of chapters. I also would have liked to see pictures, especially of the animals.
Christina Scalise's Are We Normal? asks a simple question. Are we normal? Every parent has wondered if their children are normal or just a little weird. After reading this book, I can say my child and I are normal. Not only have I experienced some of the same things Scalise wrote about, but I have my own stories to add if Scalise ever decides to write another book. Scalise's book has also given me new ideas on how to discipline my child. My personal favorite form of discipline in the book was when Scalise threw her son's clothes in a tree. I would recommend giving this book to any parents, especially new parents. That way they can compare stories and prepare for the years ahead.