Nobody Is Perfick
Nobody Is Perfick
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Annotation: Eight brief episodes show that even best friends and sunny days can have shortcomings.
Catalog Number: #127155
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 1999
Pages: 144
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-544-84214-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-544-84214-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 75161646
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Eight snappy vignettes look at various familiar child predicaments: trying not to daydream in class, laughing so hard you can't even explain what's funny, being compared to a most perfect-seeming child. The text is all dialogue, the illustrations are sketchlike, and both are spot-on with their child logic and humor. This edition's format is more novel-like than the "small and squarish" original.
School Library Journal
Gr 35 Waber's classic has been repackaged as a proto "Diary of a Wimpy Kid": the title and chapter headings are presented in a childish, handwritten scrawl printed over a notebook paper background. This is not a novel, a graphic novel, or a hybrid of the two, but a collection of eight illustrated vignettes, all ending with a satisfying punch line. The situations should still ring true for children today: one girl tricks another into letting her read her diary, a boy struggles to remember to sit up straight in school, and a girl tries not to let a daydream interrupt her homework. The volume concludes with the tale of Peter Perfect, who loves brussels sprouts, never makes a mess, and turns out to be a windup doll. The cartoon-style line drawings resemble less-detailed sketches of illustrations in Waber's Lyle, Lyle Crocodile or Ira Sleeps Over . An almost pointillist technique gives the art rough, wavy lines, which adds to the simple, retro look. VERDICT Though this is not a "Wimpy Kid" replacement, this reissue's gentle humor and whimsical illustrations have lasting appeal. Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library
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Horn Book (8/1/17)
School Library Journal (8/1/16)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.1 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q08452
Lexile: 280L

From the creator of Lyle the Crocodile comes an hilarious collection of stories, told in a comic-book style format. Each uproarious story deals with a different scenario of every day life that all children encounter at home, in school and at play.


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