The Perfect Percival Priggs
by Julie-Anne Graham
32 pages; ages 3 & up
Running Press Kids, 2015
Theme: family life
Opening: Percival Priggs was perfect. His parents were perfect. His grandparents were perfect. Even his pets were perfect.
The problem, though, is that being perfect is quite exhausting! And Percy is afraid that his parents won’t love him if he isn’t perfect.
What I like about this book: Percival tries to do too many things at once, and multi-tasking doesn’t aid perfection. In fact, he makes a slight miscalculation … causing his rocket launch to be anything BUT perfect. But instead of yelling at him, his parents laugh because they, too, have tried things that didn’t work out so well.
Beyond the book: Think about a time when you tried something and failed at it. Draw or write about that attempt. What do you think about it now?
Some inventions came about by accident: popsicles, potato chips, post-it notes, and play-doh (it was intended to clean wallpaper). You can learn more about them here.