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Is it possible? Can an ordinary human being really become a perfect person in three short days?
Milo Crinkley thought so. What gave him the idea was a book that fell on his head one day at the library--a book with the impressive title Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! The author, Dr. K. Pinkerton Silverfish, did look kind of weird, but he claimed to be the world's leading authority on perfection.
Milo took the book home and followed its instructions. He liked the idea of being perfect. Perfect people never had their parents nag at them. Perfect people never had to take the blame for rotten tricks their sisters played. Perfect people never needed erasers. Perfect was obviously the perfect thing to be!
Did Milo become a perfect person in just three days? More important, can you?
Do you think we're going to answer all your questions here when we want you to read this hilarious book?
Winner of five kid-voted statewide awards!
California Young Reader Medal
Charlie May Simon Award (Arkansas)
Georgia Children's Book Award
Nene Award (Hawaii)
Sunshine State Award (Florida)
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Praise for Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!
"This book catches the reader with its very first sentence . . . crackling with humor . . . nearly perfect."
--Gannett Westchester Newspapers
"The only difficulty with this book us that everyone will want to be the first one to introduce it to children. . . A real gem."
--State Library of Ohio Checklist
"The moral is encased in laughs, with Manes's style reminiscent of Daniel Pinkwater's and topped by a dash of Kurt Vonnegut. Not perfect but awfully funny."
"What happens . . . changes chuckles to belly laughs!"
"This clever, funny book doesn't waste time being subtle; its mixture of slapstick/wryness will have kids laughing out loud."
--Marriage and Family Living
"Milo's home-study course in perfection makes a hilarious, zany story which readers will find hard to put down."
". . . hysterically funny, and not without relevance for grown-ups seemingly addicted to self-development."
"Manes' novel satirizes the countless best sellers that promise smaller waists, slimmer hips and enriched bank accounts."
--School Library Journal
". . . amazing and hilarious."
--The Times of Trenton
"This is a laughing-aloud book. It is far from great literature but very close to the funny bone."
--The Read-Aloud Handbook
"This is an original, offbeat, skillfully conceived and executed book."
"This book was so good it made me laugh out loud."
--Detroit Free Press
"One of the best children's stories of all time!"
STEPHEN MANES is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. His Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! won kid-voted awards in five states and is a curriculum staple in American and French schools. The sequel, Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday!, quickly became a Publishers Weekly bestseller. His books have been adapted for stage and television productions.
Manes has had a long career making arcane worlds accessible to the uninitiated. His most recent book is the highly acclaimed Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet. He was one of the creators and co-hosts of the weekly public television series "Digital Duo." He co-wrote the bestselling and much-praised biography Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America. He wrote long-running columns on personal technology for The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, and many other publications.
Manes has a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. His writing credits for the screen include programs for ABC Television and KCET/Los Angeles, as well as the seventies classic movie Mother, Jugs & Speed. A native of Pittsburgh, he lives in Seattle.
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