The 5 Misfits (Five Misfits)
The 5 Misfits (Five Misfits)
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Annotation: When Mr. Perfect comes to stay, the five misfits, who do not feel like doing anything, find themselves trying to teach him that not fitting in is more fun than trying to be perfect.
Catalog Number: #146027
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-8478-0637-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-8478-0637-6
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 33 cm.
Language: English
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
What will happen when five bizarre creatures, all cohabiting an equally topsy-turvy house, are visited by the Perfect One?The lightly self-deprecating misfits all have unique peculiarities: "four big holes in the middle of his tummy," "folded in half," "feeble, always tired and sleepy," "upside down," and "all wrong, from head to toe. A bundle of oddities." The sophisticated, whimsical, mixed-media art renders all the characters benign and lovable: the tummy-holed one smiles as he munches an apple (where will it go?); a collage of folded newspaper is clothing for the apparently female, folded-in-half misfit; the rotund, all-wrong misfit rides, absurdly, a tiny red bicycle. Both art and text continue to enchant and amuse, as a character described as extraordinary and perfect—but equally ridiculous in appearance, with his long orange tresses and antiquated bloomers—suddenly shows up to visit the misfits. This "Perfect One"—who is actually perfectly vain and condescending—temporarily deflates the egos of the misfits by challenging them to come up with solid, purposeful ideas. However, they readily and nonaggressively push back against the Perfect One's accusation that they are therefore good for nothing. The anti-bullying and pro-individuality messages are cloaked in art and text that promise smiles, if not laughter, from readers of all ages. The concept of multiple intelligences takes a joy ride. (Picture book. 4-10)
Publishers Weekly
Five idiosyncratic outsiders share a topsy-turvy house in Alemagna-s proudly off-kilter story, originally published in Italy. There-s the bean-shaped Punctured One with -four big holes in the middle of his tummy-; the Folded One, whose voluminous body is constructed from overlapping book pages; upside-down and constantly sleepy residents; and a big, gray -bundle of oddities- who -was all wrong, from head to toe.- The arrival of a handsome stranger, the Perfect One, tests the companions- confidence, but their quirks are quickly revealed to be assets. -I never get upset,- replies the Punctured One. -Anger passes right through me.- Visually, the book is as unusual as its housemates: Alemagna-s mixed-media, collage-style images have a slapdash quality that supports the idea of finding joy in imperfection. Even the so-called Perfect One is something of a weirdo, truth be told, with a beak nose, ginormous pantaloons, and a braid of pink hair to rival Rapunzel-s. Readers who feel hapless and error-prone can take heart in the Wrong One-s syntactically bizarre yet wonderful rallying cry: -I, who am a catastrophe, when I manage to do anything right, it-s time to party!- Ages 2-5. (May)

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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

Five misfits – one holey, one folded up like an envelope, one floppy and boneless, one topsey-turvey, and one that can only be described as a total catastrophe – are perfectly content living in their ramshackle house until one day Mr Perfect, replete with bright pink knickerbockers and fluorescent hair, arrives to inform the happy-go-lucky crew that their lives are "completely worthless". Initially dejected and depressed, each character uses their own special talent to turn the criticism on its head. This quirky and allegorical picture book is filled with humorous and poignant moments, brought to life beautiful contemporary artwork from one of Europe's best-loved talents.

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