Picture Day Perfection

Picture Day Perfection

Book - 2013
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It's picture day, and the boy at the center of this charming picture book wants to make sure his picture is perfect . It seems as though everything's going wrong for him--he has bedhead, a stained shirt, and a big scowl on his face. But when he goes up for his picture, he thinks about his terrible appearance, and he smiles--because he secretly wants his picture to be the worst ever taken! But just as he smiles, the photo is snapped and his plan is ruined--the photo looks great.
Perfectly paired with the larger-than-life silliness of Dan Santat's illustrations, this is sure to be a schoolroom favorite. It will come bound with a picture frame in the back so readers can add their own class photos to the book.

Praise for Picture Day Perfection
"A clever tale about a kid who wants this year to be his showcase for the perfect school picture."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Colorful yearbook-style endpapers are fun to pore over and even include a place to insert one's own picture, though this feature will be compromised by most library processing. This slapstick picture book will appeal most to school-age kids who will get the jokes peppered throughout the text and the visuals."
-- School Library Journal

" The narrator's malleable features are in a perpetual state of contortion as he plans his photo disaster and reacts to the series of unfortunate events that conspire to bring him glory. Clever bits such as the scribbled emoticons on his September calendar page, and the sepia- and gray-toned faces that play in his imagination add to the fun."
-- The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, c2013.
ISBN: 9781419708442
Branch Call Number: Z DIE
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Santat, Dan - Illustrator

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Newmommy09
Jun 23, 2017

We really enjoyed the stories, the great pictures and of course the ironic, funny ending! We read this several times! Recommended!

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iluvbooks7
Jan 09, 2016

funny ending.

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muffinpopcorn
Feb 17, 2015

Cute and humorous story. Nicely illustrated also.

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mmcbeth29
Oct 29, 2014

A boy sets out to get the perfect picture on picture day (perfectly awful that is). He has the bedhead, the dirty shirt, dirty face, boring background and is ready with a scowl on his face. Unfortunately, a smile slips through and ruins his perfect awfulness. In the end he looks forward to trying again next year.

At first this book reminded me quite a bit of Alexander and the Horrible...Day. Everything that could mess up his picture day happens. But then as you get to the end you realize this was all part of the boy's diabolical plan which makes it more fun.

The illustrations are beautiful, quirky and fun. This book is advertized for ages 4-8. Why four year olds? They most likely don't have picture days. I would recommend this for all elementary age children who would enjoy and understand the ironic picture day humor.

forbesrachel Sep 09, 2014

It's picture day, the day most kids dread, but one boy is determined to have the perfect picture. One mishap after another leaves him in a less than desirable state though. Paint-splotched scowling face, wild hair, slumping in a stained shirt. Perfect. The boy is now ready for his mischievous photo, one which his mom will hardly appreciate. At the last moment though, his own thoughts of victory betray him as he lets out the biggest smile. Dan Santat's style of bold, cartoonish expressions works perfectly for a story on picture day. Faces look really funny, particularly the ones on the boy; many will recognize the Grinch smile. The designs constantly remind us of the photography context. Some pages have photographs as panels, while others look like they caught a moment on film, and finally the blinding flash at the end hides the final reveal. Even the end papers feature photos of the children, to which we can add our own. Picture Day Perfection is the perfect book on the subject, because when the boy attempts to create the worst photo, ironically, he produces the best.

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