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Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he's kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros! Will life ever get less unfair for Norm? An award-winning, laugh-out-loud series for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams. Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he's kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros! Will life ever get less unfair for Norm? An award-winning, laugh-out-loud series for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams.


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Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he's kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros! Will life ever get less unfair for Norm? An award-winning, laugh-out-loud series for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams. Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he's kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros! Will life ever get less unfair for Norm? An award-winning, laugh-out-loud series for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams.

30 review for May Contain Nuts

  1. 5 out of 5

    nightingale

    This book was amazing. Funny and clever. Love the sarcasm. But there is alot of the word "flipping" and I'm eager and can't wait to read the 2nd book. I loved this book. A real page turner. It's un-put-down-able! This book was amazing. Funny and clever. Love the sarcasm. But there is alot of the word "flipping" and I'm eager and can't wait to read the 2nd book. I loved this book. A real page turner. It's un-put-down-able!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katya Vinogradova

    It's a funny, clever story of an ordinary middle-school kid with extraordinary problems. Or so he thinks. Norm is very upset about having to move to a smaller house; about being invisible to his parents; about having no money to pimp up his bike. And he's dealing with these problems with grace (as much grace as a tween can have) and a great sense of humor. I found the handling of the family's financial situation very well done. Looking forward to the sequel! It's a funny, clever story of an ordinary middle-school kid with extraordinary problems. Or so he thinks. Norm is very upset about having to move to a smaller house; about being invisible to his parents; about having no money to pimp up his bike. And he's dealing with these problems with grace (as much grace as a tween can have) and a great sense of humor. I found the handling of the family's financial situation very well done. Looking forward to the sequel!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Felicity Terry

    Largely accepted by most sites as being suitable for those aged nine and above I'd be surprised if the simplistic writing would hold the attention of any confident or strong reader of this age. As an adult I was extremely concerned by much of the content. Written in the tradition of characters such as Jeff Kinney's (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid) Greg Heffley (indeed I've heard Norm described as the UK version) and before him comic tv characters Dennis and Home Alone's Kevin McCallister. The essential diff Largely accepted by most sites as being suitable for those aged nine and above I'd be surprised if the simplistic writing would hold the attention of any confident or strong reader of this age. As an adult I was extremely concerned by much of the content. Written in the tradition of characters such as Jeff Kinney's (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid) Greg Heffley (indeed I've heard Norm described as the UK version) and before him comic tv characters Dennis and Home Alone's Kevin McCallister. The essential difference being that though mischevious there is something essentially likeable if not lovable about these characters that is missing with Norm. OK, so he's a totally self-absorbed twelve almost thirteen year old who feels like his parents and possibly the whole world are against him. Arguably a typical tween-ager who doesn't understand his family's need to downsize and economise by buying shop's own brand coco pops - so far so good. I can understand that the author felt it appropriate to raise issues such as financial difficulties, problematic gambling and the dangers of the world wide web - after all today's children's books seem more gritty than those I remember as a girl. I can even understand how pre-adolescent boys would find it funny Norm being stopped just as he is about to 'pee in his dad's wardrobe'. What I found extremely troubling was the lack of consequences. That Norm, and I'm trying desperately not to give too much away here, committed what was essentially a criminal act (with grandpa's knowledge) and, apart from a forced apology, was ultimately rewarded for his behaviour because his parents 'don't think they have been giving him enough attention lately'. Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper. Disclaimer: Read and reviewed on behalf of Hachette Children's Books I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karim El

    I read this book.and to be honest I have never laughed when I was reading and I have 3 joke books.world of norm made me laugh out loud for the first time.i defenetly recommend this book to people who are looking for a quick and funny read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mistery

    Funny, silly and dumb!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Tja, helaas niet zo grappig en leuk als ik had gehoopt. De cover en de blurb klonken allebei erg leuk en ik kon niet wachten om dit boek te lezen. Gelukkig moet ik de komende dagen rustig aan doen dus heb ik alle tijd om te lezen. Helaas, nu ik dit boek heb gelezen, moet ik zeggen dat ik het best vreselijk vond en enorm mijn best moest doen om verder te gaan. Ten eerste, en iets wat ik vaker noem, de vertaling. Waarom is May Contain Nuts omgegooid naar Pas op: bevat grappen? Waarom is het niet gew Tja, helaas niet zo grappig en leuk als ik had gehoopt. De cover en de blurb klonken allebei erg leuk en ik kon niet wachten om dit boek te lezen. Gelukkig moet ik de komende dagen rustig aan doen dus heb ik alle tijd om te lezen. Helaas, nu ik dit boek heb gelezen, moet ik zeggen dat ik het best vreselijk vond en enorm mijn best moest doen om verder te gaan. Ten eerste, en iets wat ik vaker noem, de vertaling. Waarom is May Contain Nuts omgegooid naar Pas op: bevat grappen? Waarom is het niet gewoon: Kan nootjes bevatten geworden? Dat klinkt toch ook gewoon goed? Niet dan? En dan is er nog de naam van onze hoofdpersoon. Van Norm/Norman wat een naam is die je echt wel ziet voorbijkomen naar Daan/Daniël. Sorry, ik zie gewoon niet het nut van namen veranderen. Kijk, als je hoofdpersoon Fibi heet, zoals het boek wat ik gisteren las, kan ik me voorstellen dat je je hoofdpersoon een nieuwe naam geeft, maar Norm/Norman? Kom op mensen. We leven in 2018, niet in 1800. :| Plus, hierdoor kwamen de grapjes van Chelsea nou niet echt over. Want tja, Daniël is gewoon een normale naam. Heel veel mensen hebben hem, niks grappigs aan. Ook de broertjes zijn van Dave en Brian (ik heb de namen opgezocht) naar Bas en Luuk gegaan. Waarom? Echt, als ik ooit een boek vertaal (ooit had ik die ambities) dan laat ik de namen gewoon heel, want kom op, Dave en Brian en Norm zijn gewone namen. En waarom is de y van Mike weggehaald? Och gut gut gut. *rolt met haar ogen* Maar Chelsea mag wel haar naam behouden? Tuurlijk. *zucht* Oh, oh, en ik kom er net achter dat de hond door de broertjes in het origineel Simon Cowell heet, niet Borsato. Mijn hemel mensen, we leven in 2018, iedereen kent Simon Cowell wel hoor. Goed, nu we dat hebben besproken, tijd voor het boek. Ik mocht Norm (ja, ik weiger hem Daan te noemen) eerst nog wel, maar al snel vond ik hem strontvervelend. Echt, stront (en dan net zo grote hoop als wat Simon Cowell op het kleed (van de IKEA) achterliet) vervelend. Ik had soms wel medelijden met hem hoor, want tja, je zag wel dat de ouders iets meer naar de jongere kinderen gingen en heel wat schuld bij Norm legden, terwijl die niet altijd iets had gedaan (zoals met de hond). Of dat met het servies. Dat was misschien deels zijn schuld, maar ook zijn vriend, maar hij kreeg de volle laag. Hij was altijd wel aan het klagen over iets. Als niet de verhuizing, dan wel over zijn broertjes, zijn vriend die beter was in alles, Chelsea, de hond, dat zijn broertjes voorkeursbehandeling krijgen, en zo kan ik nog wel doorgaan. En dan komt het stuk dat Norm geld krijgt van Mikeys vader om het servies te vervangen en besluit de helft te houden en dan ook nog de rest als zijn ouders het toch niet willen accepteren. Toen was ik helemaal klaar met het boek. Ik snap dat je je fiets wilt pimpen, ik snap dat je baalt dat je broertjes alles krijgen en jij niks, maar om nou geld te stelen? Nee. Ja, sorry, ik zeg stelen, en niet wat hij er van maakte, wat lenen was. Geld lenen doe je met toestemming van de ander. Als je gewoon geld neemt dat niet van jou is dan is het gewoon stelen. Ik vond het wel netjes dat hij het ooit wel wilde terugbetalen, maar ja, dat maakt alles natuurlijk niet beter. En dan is er nog de consequenties als de ouders (van Mikey en Norm) achter het feit komen dat het geld niet is geaccepteerd maar ook niet is teruggebracht. Nou ja, consequenties. Welke? Heel heel erg jammer hoor. Als mijn kind 100 euro "leent" dan zou ik echt niet blij zijn en ook zeker een passende straf bedenken. En niet gewoon het geld teruggeven en sorry zeggen. Oh en dan ook nog eens dat doen? Jammer hoor. Echt. Lekker voorbeeld. Het duurt ook 276 pagina's voordat de ouders doorhebben dat Norm misschien ook niet gelukkig is met de verhuizing. Wauw. De opa vond ik eerst nog wel leuk, maar toen hij het maar best vond dat Norm het geld ging houden, toen vond ik hem maar waardeloos. Je bent een volwassen man, je moet het goede voorbeeld geven. Chelsea was gewoon een vreselijk persoon. Wat een manipulatief kreng zeg. Het boek heeft ook illustraties en die vond ik nog wel leuk (en grappig). Dus ja, het klonk allemaal leuk, maar ik ben enorm teleurgesteld. Jammer hoor. Ik ga ook zeker niet de rest van de serie lezen. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Grigsby

    I rarely read a book that I didn't like but this is one. I was unfamiliar with the series and noticed it wasn't moving in my library so I thought I'd read it to be prepared to make a recommendation. I read it in bits and pieces in between other teaching duties and I found I could put it down quite easily. I couldn't bring myself to like Norm. I found him to be bratty, self-centered, angry, petty, and hard to empathise or sympathise with. It's probably the result of my adult perspective and perha I rarely read a book that I didn't like but this is one. I was unfamiliar with the series and noticed it wasn't moving in my library so I thought I'd read it to be prepared to make a recommendation. I read it in bits and pieces in between other teaching duties and I found I could put it down quite easily. I couldn't bring myself to like Norm. I found him to be bratty, self-centered, angry, petty, and hard to empathise or sympathise with. It's probably the result of my adult perspective and perhaps 11-14 year olds will like him just fine. This is a book written for kids the same age as the main character so maybe they will find a mirror in Norm. I personally didn't find anything funny about the character, situation, or writing even though the front cover says "Hilarious Stuff!" I also couldn't quite grasp why Norm's best friend Mikey continued to hang out with him in spite of not being treated especially well. That's my take - try it yourself because you may have a totally different experience.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    And so I have been introduced to the world of Norm. Norm is a clueless, somewhat angry, painful, annoying, ratbag, twelve year old. He is selfish, rude, angry, arrogant and basically has all the faults we all do. It is interesting to see people's reviews with righteous indignation that he is sometimes rewarded for his wrongs, as we all are. Norm is a mirror for us all, and it is done in such a clever humour filled way, most people are missing it. This is a great book series, with fantastic humour And so I have been introduced to the world of Norm. Norm is a clueless, somewhat angry, painful, annoying, ratbag, twelve year old. He is selfish, rude, angry, arrogant and basically has all the faults we all do. It is interesting to see people's reviews with righteous indignation that he is sometimes rewarded for his wrongs, as we all are. Norm is a mirror for us all, and it is done in such a clever humour filled way, most people are missing it. This is a great book series, with fantastic humour and a great story. Gordon flipping Bennett it is worth reading. Where is book #2? Give it to me now!!!! :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    17allams025

    this book is a fantasy book and i found it interesting and funny. it was the kind of book that once you started to read it you wanted to keep on reading. i would recommend this book to people who like to read things that are funny and continuous.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Romain Peremans

    ik vind het een heel goed boek, omdat het grappig is en interresant.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Winkelmann

    This book was really good as there are tons of twists and really funny moments in this book. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone from the ages of 9-12 years old.

  12. 5 out of 5

    blue sai

    Easy to read , enjoyable and fun ..

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Hibbert

    This book is the best if you don't like it your just stupid.I could not put the book down its funny and a really good book This book is the best if you don't like it your just stupid.I could not put the book down its funny and a really good book

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan ♡

    Pretty sure I read this to my brother every evening for a while. What a great big sister

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Bamber

    Funny book for fans of Wimpy Kid. Going down a storm with year 3-6.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daisy May Johnson

    There are moments when you finish a book and you know instantly who it's for. This one, the first in The World of Norm series by Jonathan Meres, is for my nephews. I love my nephews. I love how I once taught them to do "toilet face" in photographs and I love how we can share Pokemon trivia. And I think this book is a perfect fit for them. Norm, the eldest of his family, is most put upon. His parents have made them move to a smaller house, his kid brothers are beyond maddening and his neighbour i There are moments when you finish a book and you know instantly who it's for. This one, the first in The World of Norm series by Jonathan Meres, is for my nephews. I love my nephews. I love how I once taught them to do "toilet face" in photographs and I love how we can share Pokemon trivia. And I think this book is a perfect fit for them. Norm, the eldest of his family, is most put upon. His parents have made them move to a smaller house, his kid brothers are beyond maddening and his neighbour is an annoying girl called Chelsea (don't say anything, she's heard it all before). The production of this book is perhaps most reminiscent of something like Tom Gates or the Wimpy Kid books. It's a quick read, textually light on many pages but full of some gloriously vivid illustrations by Donough O'Malley. I have a lot of love for books like this and especially when the illustrations both complement the text and challenge it. There are some points where the illustration provides a literal picture of Norm's imagination and they are beautiful and brilliant. It's interesting to think about what illustrations like that do - they're not the easy way out. They form another approach to the story - one of rounding, of fattening the text and of adding a whole new layer to the word. It's really very smartly done. I also have the feeling that May Contains Nuts would be one of those books that would be perfect for somebody gaining confidence as a reader as Meres has a great gift of being very much on Norm's side throughout. I'd defy any world-weary, put-upon, oh-my-god-it's-the-opposite-sex individual to not giggle with empathic joy at this book. What I also liked about this was how Meres writes the parents. Norm's Mum and Dad have that indelibly parent thing about them. There's some lovely moments where they 'bust' Norm and their language layers upon each other like some sort of mecha-parent. It's really cleverly done and again, smart, as this all happens without us losing empathy for Norm or his family. Plus there's a dog named Limahl who gets renamed Simon Cowell.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Apple Rhaine

    read it when you want fun. lol

  18. 4 out of 5

    Edward Collinson

    The World Of Norm is possibly one of the worst books I have ever read, which makes me wonder why I ever read it in the first place, or even why I read the sequel! DO NOT READ THIS BOOK EVER IN YOUR LIFE. If the bad storyline does not annoy you enough, the repetition of the prefix “flippin” will just about put in an asylum. Also, the way he hates his cousins so much can depress you so you look like a basset hound.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tesaddiq Hussain

    MADE ME LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alison Condliffe

    Found this book irritating, did not enjoy the main character at all. Wonder if kids like this?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Enjoying it so far, it's funny :D Enjoying it so far, it's funny :D

  22. 5 out of 5

    Filipe

    Funny story

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joan M

    Really good book you guys should read it

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maisha

    good

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kieran Little

    Really funny and a good book to read I recommend it to all the 11 year old boys.

  26. 4 out of 5

    MartaDominguez

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

  28. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Jenkinson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Viltė

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam

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