Book Review: Norman the Nurse Shark


S4Klogo TM HI resWhen Norman the Nurse Shark arrived on our doorstep, we were already looking forward to reading it. OK, it is for kids, but there is nothing wrong with us bigger kids enjoying it too. The first thing that strikes you are the wonderful illustrations. Norman, the Nurse Shark, and his friends Patrik the Eagle Ray and Jonah the Tiger Shark, were illustrated by Sean Branigan and before you read a word, you are already grinning at his wonderful depictions of these well-loved characters. The book has been written by Sharks4Kids founder Jillian Morris, who has a passion for all things marine, but especially for sharks. Okay, we may be a little biased as the UK ambassadors for this wonderful charity.

The story sees the young, and somewhat impulsive Nurse Shark, Norman, wander away from his family. As we turn the pages, we join him on his adventure through the Bahamas in the search to find his family and discover his true identity. Along the way he meets swimming pigs, explores a shipwreck, gets into some scrapes and makes some great friends.

Norman the Nurse Shark

Sharks4Kids founder and author of Norman the Nurse Shark, Jillian Morris

At the back of the book, there is a shark education section, with stacks of information about nurse sharks and their biology, along with some great images by Duncan Brake. So not only do you get a great yarn to read, there are plenty of jawsome facts too. The proceeds from the book will be used to support Sharks4Kids outreach and education programmes around the world.

The quality of the book is excellent, from the design & illustration to the final product. The three main characters in the book have lovely expressive faces that kids are going to love. We gave it to our grandkids and they would not put it down. We cannot come up with a better recommendation than that.

Norman the Nurse Shark

The Grandkids enjoying Norman the Nurse Shark

The book is available as both a hardback and paperback. It is well priced at $18.99 for the hardback and $14.99 for the paperback. The paperback, including shipping to the UK will cost you under £20. For this, you will get a wonderful story to share with the youngsters in your family, you will be educating them to the fact that sharks are not wanton killers, and you will also be assisting a charity that brings shark education to kids all around the world. What’s not to like?

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Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit

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