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Summary

Percival Priggs seems to be the perfect child. His parents are perfect, his grandparents are perfect, and even his pets are perfect. Percy's shelf is packed with gleaming trophies, from Exceptional Excellence in Equations to Spouting Sensational Sonnets. But with all the practice required, Percy never has a free moment. And when he tries to take on too many things at once, an imperfect mess ensues!

Percy always worries that his parents will not love him if he does not smile his prize-winning smile and perform perfectly in every competition. But after Mr. and Mrs. Priggs reveal their own humorous imperfections, Percy knows they are proud of him exactly as he is.

In her debut picture book, Julie-Anne Graham addresses the pressure a child may feel to appear happy as well as to do everything perfectly. Her artful whimsy and humor warmly convey a message of reassurance, love, and acceptance no matter the messes or successes that occur.

[Excerpt:]
“Percy was entered in so many categories!
He didn't even like half the things he had been entered in.
So he came up with a plan to finish faster . . .”

about Julie-Anne Graham

  • Julie-Anne Graham is an illustrator and designer with an M.A. in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She has also received a B.A. in Womenswear Fashion Design at Central St. Martins. Graham is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and currently lives in London, England.

reviews

"The mayhem itself is solid slapstick, and the buildup is well-paced. . . . Decidedly delightful."
—Kirkus Reviews

“Graham's sweetly odd characters, goth-lite vibe, and gift for exaggeration may remind readers of offbeat fare such as Coraline or James and the Giant Peach…

"[R]eaders will come away recognizing the value in not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, as well as investing energy in pursuits one actually enjoys.”
—Publishers Weekly

“This story is witty and reassuring and features brilliant visual details.”
—Horn Book Guide Reviews

“Hilarious details are scattered cleverly throughout this story, which is sure to become a favorite.”
—Foreword Reviews

“The mixed-media illustrations create a world that is quirky yet familiar as Percival learns about acceptance.”
—Skipping Stones magazine

other editions

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762454990
    Pub date: 05/26/2015 | Price: 12.99 Canada/$9.99
    32 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
    JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner
  • Hardcover | ISBN 9780762455065
    Pub date: 05/26/2015 | Price: 21.00 Canada/$16.95
    32 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762458950
    Pub date: 05/26/2015 | Price: 12.99 Canada/$9.99
    32 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • eBook | ISBN 9780762459018
    Pub date: 05/26/2015 | Price: 12.99 Canada/$9.99
    32 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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