Norm, a young boy of nearly 13, always gets into trouble. Norm thinks that because he gets in trouble so much that it is “flipping unfair.” The book tells about a lot of events in his life and he almost always gets in trouble.
“Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he went to the toilet, just for something to do….”
The World of Norm: May Contain Buts by Jonathan Meres has a number of people. But none of them seem to grow very much. Norm does learn that sometimes it is not unfair that he gets in trouble, which is a good thing to learn. But he still thinks that it is unfair most of the time. That shows that he is not understanding that when he does things wrong, that there are going to be consequences for those actions. Norm does not really get along with his friends so he has bad relationships, but is nice to his family. The book is not very funny because the jokes are kind of juvenile.
This book is the eighth book in a series. If this is your first Norm book, it will probably not encourage you to go out to read the others. It is a very quick read but a disappointing one.