Perfectly Percy

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Overview

This is Percy.

Percy loves balloons.

Balloons are fun! But Percy has a small problem . . .

. . . and to solve it, he'll need a really big idea!

Paul Schmid, the author and artist of Hugs From Pearl, presents a story about an adorably prickly character with a big heart. Percy shows that there is no problem too big for a plucky porcupine to solve!

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Overview

This is Percy.

Percy loves balloons.

Balloons are fun! But Percy has a small problem . . .

. . . and to solve it, he'll need a really big idea!

Paul Schmid, the author and artist of Hugs From Pearl, presents a story about an adorably prickly character with a big heart. Percy shows that there is no problem too big for a plucky porcupine to solve!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Schmid follows Hugs from Pearl (2011), about a porcupine named Pearl, with a companion tale about Pearl’s younger brother, Percy. It’s another story about porcupine problem-solving, as Percy mourns that his quills pop the balloons he loves. Eventually, Percy realizes he can don his cereal bowl (still dripping) like a helmet to protect his fragile balloons, “A perfectly Percy idea.” Schmid conveys Percy’s frustration and elation with a handful of adorable charcoal lines, a few sketched-in items of interest (such as a box of burst balloons labeled “trezr”), and backgrounds in pastel blues, greens, and lavenders. Pacing is slow; it takes Percy eight spreads of thinking—“He thought things all the day. He thought thoughts through the night”—before the solution arrives, a long time in the life of a toddler listener. Nevertheless, Schmid possesses the ability to draw irresistible characters, and his gently unconventional language (“The balloons always go pop! And Percy’s happiness pops with them”) adds a little buoyancy to this straightforward tale. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Nothing could be more simple, funny, and charming than Schmid's tale of a little porcupine with a big problem. Percy's favorite thing in the world is balloons. But, as the author explains, "HAPPY little porcupines with balloons are soon SAD little porcupines." Percy enlists the help of his older sister Pearl (of Hugs from Pearl fame) to find a means of protecting precious balloons from porcupine prickles, but Pearl's only idea (positioning marshmallow tip-guards on the end of each prickle) proves to be impractical. Percy is back to doing his own thinking, until finally, inspired by the sight of his cereal bowl on the breakfast table, he comes up with not a thought but an IDEA: in fact, a "perfectly Percy idea." Schmid deftly pairs text with art, giving child readers the fun of tracing Percy's trajectory from failed thoughts to successful IDEA through the adorable pictures alone. It is only the pictures that show the doomed marshmallow scheme, or mom's laundry-day busyness, or the ultimate brilliant discovery that an emptied, inverted cereal bowl can make the perfect prickle-covering hat. Best picture of all: Percy's thoughts through the night, as a few stray prickles poke through his sleeping bag. This book is a perfectly pitched celebration of children's power to solve their own problems via solutions that are completely overlooked until the moment when they seem completely obvious. Altogether, it is a perfect delight. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Percy is a porcupine with a problem. He loves balloons, but when he plays with them, they meet an unfortunate end. Big sister Pearl offers a creative, albeit "not very practical," solution of sticking marshmallows onto his quills. Determined to find a better way, Percy "thought things all day. He thought thoughts through the night." Inspiration strikes at breakfast, and the following page shows the prickly fellow sporting a cereal bowl on his head as he happily runs along with his favorite toy. The simple sentences are invitingly conversational in tone ("What's a little porcupine to do?"). Schmid's winsome charcoal and pastel illustrations show a charming, roly-poly character with dots for eyes and a tiny dash for a mouth. Percy's features droop when he looks at his "trezr" chest full of deflated balloons, but a proud smile appears when he comes up with his own idea. A good choice for toddler storytimes.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
What is an adorable porcupine to do when his passion is for balloons? Is he destined for disappointment, or will some careful thinking lead to the perfect solution? Schmid (Hugs from Pearl, 2011) returns with another sweet tale about the challenges of being a porcupine. Percy loves balloons of all colors and shapes. "But HAPPY little porcupines with balloons are soon SAD little porcupines. / The balloons always go POP!" Percy is determined not to mope or give up. Advice from big sister Pearl is not practical, and his mom is too busy. So Percy must rely upon himself and start thinking. He muses all through the day and into the night. At breakfast the next day, while eating his cereal, he finally has an inspired idea. Young readers will immediately relate to Percy and his dilemma, and they will cheer when he independently comes up with a messy but successful solution. The simple, direct text pairs well with the soft pastel palette of the illustrations. Percy, white with a pink smudge of a nose and a mass of softly penciled wayward quills, appears more cuddly than prickly and is sure to endear. Just right for preschoolers, who will giggle at the gently humorous ending and see a bit of themselves in this utterly charming creature. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061804366
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 377,129
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Schmid

Paul Schmid's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all artists. He is the author and illustrator of A Pet for Petunia, Petunia Goes Wild, and Hugs From Pearl and the illustrator of The Wonder Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. In 2010, Paul was awarded a monthlong fellowship with Maurice Sendak. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Anna.

Paul Schmid's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all artists. He is the author and illustrator of A Pet for Petunia, Petunia Goes Wild, and Hugs From Pearl and the illustrator of The Wonder Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. In 2010, Paul was awarded a monthlong fellowship with Maurice Sendak. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Anna.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    I absolutely love, love, love this book! It has a great message.

    I absolutely love, love, love this book! It has a great message. Appropriate for first or second. grade. I'm a teacher and my students loved the tender message and the way in which Percy resolved her problem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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