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Perfect Man
     

Perfect Man

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by Troy Wilson, Dean Griffiths (Illustrator)
 

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Michael Maxwell McCallum lives in a world just like ours, but peopled by superheroes. When Michael's hero, Perfect Man, quits his job without warning, Michael isn't worried. He knows that Perfect Man will come back. He always does. So that September, when a new teacher shows up in his classroom, a teacher with a number of special powers, Michael figures it out right

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Michael Maxwell McCallum lives in a world just like ours, but peopled by superheroes. When Michael's hero, Perfect Man, quits his job without warning, Michael isn't worried. He knows that Perfect Man will come back. He always does. So that September, when a new teacher shows up in his classroom, a teacher with a number of special powers, Michael figures it out right away. Mr. Clark is Perfect Man. Mr. Clark doesn't say yes and he doesn't say no to Michael's endless questions, but he does encourage Michael to find his own super powers.

Editorial Reviews

Maclean's
"Victoria author Troy Alan Maxwell Wilson and illustrator Dean Griffiths of Duncan, B.C. pepper an inspirational story with sly humour."
Comic World News
"Dean Griffiths' whimsically gorgeous illustrations are - pardon the pun - perfect."

"There are a lot of reasons for me to recommend that you get yourself a copy or five of Perfect Man. . . You're gonna need one for yourself, but you'll want extras for gifts."

New Brunswick Reader
"A warm, outstanding story that salutes teachers everywhere."
Resource Links
"Dean Griffiths' pen and ink illustrations are brimming with humourous details."

"This is a wonderful tribute to teachers and their superhero talents."

The Standard
"A roaringly funny tale with a valuable message about male role modelling."

"The lightheartedness of Perfect Man, and the strength of the message (read, write, live and believe in yourself), are gifts. Perfect Man is a book to read to every child and to share with men who have influenced their lives or yours."

Vancouver Sun
"Writer Troy Wilson and illustrator Dean Griffiths say a lot, in a few pages, about fiction and reality, hopes, dreams and human potential."
Quill & Quire
"This is a wonderfully uplifting story for young and old."

"The heartwarming relationship between teacher and student will resonate with everyone who has ever had a special teacher be a life-long influence."

United Church Observer
"A magical, funny book about finding heroes."
Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market
"Writing is definitely Wilson's super power."
Young Adult Books Central
"Kids and parents will enjoy this comic-book-style story that encourages kids to believe in themselves and discover their own super powers."

"Great for comic book fans,...and readers and writers of all ages."

Today's Parent
"This delightful story challenges readers to expand their definition of hero."
Children in Crisis
"A terrific book not only for comic-book lovers and children interested in writing, but for any child who may need help boosting his or her self-esteem."
Calgary Herald
"Wilson's first book is an entertaining and thought-provoking read for children. His premise that everyone can develop their own superpowers is a wonderful message for young readers."
BC Parent
"A wonderful story about finding your own voice and those special people who make a difference in our lives."

"Griffiths 'super' illustrations are warm and fun."

Monday Magazine
"A funny, charming and simply inspired children's book."

"Great for parents who are comic book fans and for kids on the lookout for a new hero, Perfect Man is nearly perfect."

"Hurrah for Perfect Man!"

Kirkus Reviews
In a sketchy tale likely to make its deepest impression on adult readers, a supportive teacher brings out a lad's inner "superpowers." Perfect Man, a caped superhero, has resigned and vanished, but young Michael, his biggest, most obsessive fan, is not dismayed, for, Michael is convinced, his idol has come back in disguise as the new teacher, Mr. Clark. Mr. Clark may be thinning on top, and shaped like a pear, but he's unfailingly enthusiastic, never breaks chalk, knows just how to defuse playground contretemps, and best of all, he "looked into people. He saw all the good stuff and helped them bring it out. He helped them find their super powers." In Michael's case, Mr. Clark praises his writing, and when Michael grows up to be an author-of "Perfect Man" tales, naturally-becomes his biggest fan. Rather than try for a comic-book look, Griffiths illustrates with full-page scenes of only slightly caricatured figures; he gives Perfect Man and Mr. Clark similar smiles, but otherwise leaves the superhero's true fate ambiguous. A few children might identify Mr. Clark with a favorite teacher of their own, but even here his special qualities are clearer in retrospect. (Picture book. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551434353
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,335,711
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

"Michael Maxwell McCallum was Perfect Man's biggest fan. He wrote Perfect Man stories. He made a Perfect Man website. And then Perfect Man quit. Just like that."

Meet the Author

Dean Griffiths is a popular picture-book artist with more than twenty-five titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter. For more information, visit www.deans-art.com.

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Perfect Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I love best about Perfect Man is its kid logic. Michael Maxwell McAllum believes. And it's a true credit to author Troy Wilson that we accept little Michael¿s leap of logic without question. Illustrator Dean Griffiths' illustrations rise (up, up, and away¿) to the occasion¿whether it's Perfect Man flying over the New York skyline or little Michael's cat sprawled in sleep over Michael's body. Perfect Man is, above all, great fun. That it also celebrates teachers and writers and children¿s imaginations is an extra, wonderful bonus for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terrific not only for comic book lovers and kids interested in writing, but for any kid who may need help boosting his or her self-esteem. This book is all about looking inside, finding our own special talents, and ultimately feeling at home in the world. It is a beautiful story with beautiful illustrations, and I'll be surprised if it doesn't win all sorts of awards. Buy it! You won't be disappointed!