The extraordinary Mr. Qwerty (#0717HP0)

by Strambini, Karla

4 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2014
Price: USD 14.81
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 3.9


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From Follett

"Norman Qwerty has ideas that are far from ordinary. He is afraid the people might think his ideas are strange. He is afraid they might think 'he' is strange. Mr. Qwerty is all alone. And so he keeps his ideas hidden ... most of the time. Because big ideas, 'extraordinary' ideas, refuse to stay hidden for long. And a person with extraordinary ideas is never truly alone"--Dust jacket.

From the Publisher
Mr. Qwerty worries that his ideas might seem strange, so he keeps them under his hat. But extraordinary ideas refuse to stay hidden for long.

Norman Qwerty is a man of many ideas, and none of them are the least bit ordinary. He's quite certain that no one else thinks the way he does, and this makes him keep to himself. But when his ideas get too big to hold in, he builds the most extraordinary thing! Soon the beloved Mr. Qwerty is never alone (unless he wants to be), and the world will never be the same. In a simple story whose intricate, quirky illustrations are teeming with fanciful inventions, Karla Strambini encourages creative kids to let their ideas out from under their hats and show the world what amazing things they have to share.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First U.S. edition 2014.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-7324-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-7324-6
  • LCCN: 2013-955941
  • Follett Number: 0717HP0
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.9

Reviews & Awards
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 10/01/14
  • Library Media Connection, 05/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly Annex, 10/20/14

Full-Text Reviews
Horn Book Guide (Spring 2015)
Norman Qwerty has a great mind but "was afraid that people would think his ideas were strange, / and he felt completely alone." The imagination-heralding prose is smartly spare; the specifics, ultimately documenting Qwerty's triumphant invention, are in the involving, largely black-and-white illustrations, which show Qwerty to be a boy in man's clothing and a hat that incubates ideas.

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