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Naughty Norton

by Bernadette Kelly
Illustrated by Liz Alger

Some people think Norton is a naughty pony, but his owner Molly knows he is just very clever. She is determined to train her pony, no matter how long it takes.

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-2
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile Level550L
ATOS Level2.9
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #130636
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 8"
Page Count56
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $21.32 School/Library Price

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Library Media Connection - Betsy Ruffin, Librarian, Irving Elementary, Cleburne, Texas

"Reality versus perception is a theme of these two humorous titles. Molly loves her pony Norton and sees him as clever, loving, and innocent of the problems he causes. However, the pictures show us a different story. In Naughty Norton, Molly is trying to ride Norton, but all her attempts fail as Norton ignores her to eat grass, snatches the sugar cube from her hand, hides in a tree, and more. In Norton Saves the Day, Molly is at riding school, but Norton is no better behaved. For once, though, Norton obeys the command to stop and halts just before Molly would have been hurt. Each of these chapter books also includes horse facts, a glossary, questions to answer, and writing prompts. Numerous b&w illustrations show the truth about Norton. End materials include help for integrating books into curriculum studies. The books are good for those transitioning from picture books to chapter books. Readers should find the tales of Molly and her naughty horse amusing, making this a series to watch for. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

January 1, 2010

Manga Maniac Cafe - Julie

"Naughty Norton got a great big LOL from me. This is a funny book, and I could really relate to Molly’s struggles with Norton. She loves her pony, and, obviously, he loves her. When she tells the story, anyway. Molly thinks that Norton is perfect, and she is blind to his every fault. When he misbehaves, she doesn’t recognize his behavior for what it is, and that is what had me laughing out loud. Norton does everything he can to not work, and Molly comes up with an excuse for everything he does wrong. What does Norton do that’s so bad? Let me share. When Molly heads out to the pasture to get him ready for a ride, he turns and saunters off in the other direction. He would rather eat than practice for the upcoming horse show. I know this behavior well. I see it every time I go to the barn to work with Blondie. She doesn’t want to work, either. She just wants to stand in her stall and eat hay. She turns her back to me and ignores me. Yes, she must have read Naughty Norton for some tips on how to make my life miserable. Like Norton, she steps on my feet, tries to bite me, and she even tries to run the judge over at the show! This is the story of my life! I love Molly! She is clueless! Here is my favorite passage from the book – Sometimes a horse will test its trainer’s patience. That’s when I remind myself that Norton is just an animal, and I am in charge. Norton cannot outsmart me. LOL! That is something I hear at least 4 times a week! You are the trainer! You are in charge! Don’t let that horse walk all over you! Molly doesn’t know what hit her, because Norton does walk all over her. The only difference between me and Molly is that I know that my pony is being very, very naughty! Pony Tales: Naughty Norton is a chapter book for readers ages 4 – 8. I thought it was a hoot, and I’ll be reading more of these. Bernadette Kelly knows horses, and she conveys her narrative with a great deal of humor. Liz Alger’s illustrations are great and they have as much personality as the rest of the book. This was a fun find for me. Grade: B+" - Manga Maniac Cafe

December 17, 2010

Bernadette Kelly

Bernadette Kelly

While growing up, Bernadette Kelly desperately wanted her own horse. Although she rode other people's horses, she didn't get one of her own until she was an adult. Many years later, she is still obsessed with horses. Luckily, she lives in the country where there is plenty of room for her four-legged friends. When she's not writing or working with her horses, Bernadette takes her two children to pony club competitions.

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