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Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! [NOOK Book]



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Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!

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California Young Reader Medal
Charlie May Simon Award (Arkansas)
Georgia Children's Book Award
Nene Award (Hawaii)
Sunshine State Award (Florida)

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?


● Maybe you think it's all a lot of baloney. Maybe you think nobody can
become perfect in three short days. Well, maybe you should think again!

● Here's my no-risk guarantee: Try this book for just three days. If you're not absolutely delighted with the results, you can go soak your head. Now, what could be fairer than that?

● I won't be satisfied until every man, woman, and child on the face of the earth completes my amazing crash course in perfection. So, remember: If you don't read this book, I'm going to tell on you!
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Editorial Reviews

Gannett Westchester Newspapers
"This book catches the reader with its very first sentence . . . crackling with humor . . . nearly perfect."
State Library of Ohio Checklist
"The only difficulty with this book is that everyone will want to be the first one to introduce it to children. . . A real gem."
ALA Booklist
"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."
The Read-Aloud Handbook - Jim Trelease
"This is a laughing-aloud book. It is far from great literature but very close to the funny bone."
Detroit Free Press
"This book was so good it made me laugh out loud."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148565925
  • Publisher: Cadwallader & Stern
  • Publication date: 9/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 76
  • Sales rank: 131,976
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 1,022 KB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted January 5, 2010


    It's about a kid who found a book and it said how to be perfect in just three days. Now of course he wasn't perfect! But he still took the book. First, he wore a sack of broccoli. The next day he didn't eat. The last day he couldn't do anything except sip some tea. Then he messed up and he thought he had to start over. Then he thought he didn't need to follow the book to be perfect. He then found out that the book was all a joke. B.B

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    so so funny

    This story was so funny I laughed so hard tears were coming down my face.I thought this book was okay, but my favorite part was when Doctor Silverfish told Milo to go steal a gorilla from the zoo, but he was just kidding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    not just for kids

    I thought it was kind of bad because. The chapters were to long. And I wanted it to be more a comedy story. It needs more adventure too. It was not very exciting. But I liked the part when the book fell on his head. It was an ok book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    Excellent read-aloud book for 3-5th graders

    If you are guest reader for third-fifth graders, you can read this with a dramatic and quick voice in about 50 minutes. I've had two separate and entire classes of kids enrapt for this book. It is a spoof of the fix-yourself-quick books many adults grab off the shelves and it delivers a message about being less hard on yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Be A Perfect Person In Just Three Days

    The main character is in the library looking for a book. Out of nowhere a book fell off the shelf and hit him in the head. He picked it up and it was about how to be perfect in three days. He does all of the weird things the book told him to do. After he did all of the weird things he was fixing to read the last page. Whenever he read the last page he figured out that just a big joke. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes a good book and is easily amused. I like the book because the idiotic things that reminds me of myself. So if you want a funny book check out Be Perfect In Just Three Days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004


    This book made me laugh my head off! The Dr. is so funny. I learned that the Dr. is teaching Milo a lesson. I think perfect people are sooo boring! I like Milo's dream. It is so funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    my review

    i loved this book it was one of the best books i have ever read it is about comedy and i loved it. the funniest part was the third day when dr silver fish said i bet u think i am going to make u do something realy hard well i aint fust go to the local zoo and bring home a gorrila and then he said not realy but if u did i feel sorry for the gorrila for getting stuck with an idiot like u. well read this book i loved it and i am sure u will to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    Kinda dumb

    this book is kinda dumb becuse I would never wear a stalk of broccili around my neck for a day and I would never not eat for a day and i wouldn't do nothing for a day either. That is why it is kinda dumb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000


    I liked the book because it is funny. It is also wierd. It is Interesting.I liked Dr.Silverfish because he is funny he makes up funny jokes. If I were Milo I would not wear a stalk of brocolli to school.I would not listen to him about not eating for a day.

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