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Norton and Alpha

Norton and Alpha

Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: Kristyna Litten
ISBN: 9781454924999
Hardcover Price: $14.95

Author/illustrator Kristyna Litten's new picture book is a whimsical tale with all-ages appeal. In what appears to be a wasteland of junk, an industrious little robot named Norton collects "battered wheels, rusty cogs, broken springs" and all manner of discarded items for his useful inventions-inventions that include Norton's mechanical doggy companion, Alpha. When Norton spots a lone flower blooming among the junk, he takes it back his workshop for experimentation. But, unfamiliar with growing things, he soon discards it as having no useful function. Time passes, Norton prepares for his next treasure hunt, opens his doors, and finds a field of flowers stretching away as far as he can see. A full-bleed, four-page spread allows readers to share his surprise, and Litten's quirky-cozy depiction of Norton's utilitarian life and his joyful discovery that not everything must have a practical use is a treat throughout.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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