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Author: Graham, Julie-Anne
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Year Published: May 26 2016
ISBN: 978-0762455065

The Perfect Percival Priggs

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Percival works hard to be perfect. He HAS to in order to keep up with his perfect parents, who excel in everything. Their house is full of prizes and awards to excellence. Percy, however, is exhausted trying to continue to be perfect in everything. His secret fear is that if he is not perfect enough, his parents won’t love him. On an everyday weekend, his parents are busy with everyday activities, which means putting the finishing touches on their entries for various contest. Percy’s list, however is much longer than his parents, and he decides to build a rocket to help him get his work done faster. Unfortunately, the rocket is a sizzling disaster, wrecking not only all his work, but his parents work as well. Devastated, Percy waits for the scolding he feels he deserves. Instead, his parents laugh and show him all of their failures that are hidden in the attic. Finally, they have given him permission to fail, and advice on keeping on trying. The digitally collaged illustrations are clean-cut and appealing. All of the Priggs look over-the-top geeky, with huge heads and skinny bodies, crossword puzzle suits and oversized identical glasses. Interestingly, their faces are coloured in with text from the book, perhaps indicating to the readers that these are the thoughts that are in their head? Quirky and funny, The Perfect Percival Priggs delivers a message that is very relevant in these competitive times.

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