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The Perfect School Picture by [Deborah Diesen, Dan Santat]

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The Perfect School Picture Kindle Edition

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Bold, exaggerated images done in Adobe Photoshop set the comedic stage for this story of picture-day preparation, which for the narrator began months in advance. All the preplanning culminates at the start of the book on picture-day morning with severe bed head, a favorite shirt rescued (stained and smelly) from the bottom of the hamper, and a sticky maple-syrup incident. Things continue on in this vein throughout the school day. Readers will wonder about the narrator's choices considering his professed devotion to taking the perfect picture. Carefully worded text gives away nothing, but as the photographer prepares his camera the real plan for the day comes clearly into focus. The child's idea of the perfect picture may look quite different from what his mother had in mind, and it is still not easy to orchestrate the outcome of a photograph. 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.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From Booklist

This young boy has a plan for a “perfect school picture.” There are, however, a few bumps. Insane bed-head. A stained shirt. A “large syrup disaster” at breakfast. A paint splattering in art. It’s a nightmarish swirl of problems leading to the moment of truth—where it’s revealed that the boy’s plan isn’t what we thought it was all along. Diesen has created a memorably grinchy hero, whose cynical observations and grumpy disposition make him the kind of harmless bad boy it’s hard not to like. He scowls and mugs through double-page, full-page, and smaller illustrations, which the ever-reliable Santat renders with comic aplomb, preferring to pose his antihero straight toward the reader for maximum pop-eyed appeal. Side characters are similarly exaggerated for immediate identification: the jowly, pearled teacher; the heavy-browed bus driver. For such a bad attitude, this is a pretty darn good time. Grades K-2. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00E3AQS36
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Abrams Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (July 2, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 2, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7118 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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I'm the author of the Pout-Pout Fish book series, illustrated by Dan Hanna. I'm also the author of Equality's Call (2020), illustrated by Magdalena Mora, a children's picture book about the history of U.S. voting rights.

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