Picture Day Perfectionby Deborah Diesen, Dan Santat
It's picture day, and the boy at the center of this charming picture book wants to make sure his picture is perfect. It seems as though everything's going wrong for him—he has bedhead, a stained shirt, and a big scowl on his face. But when he goes up for his picture, he thinks about his terrible appearance, and he smiles—because he secretly wants his picture to be the worst ever taken! But just as he smiles, the photo is snapped and his plan is ruined—the photo looks great. Perfectly paired with the larger-than-life silliness of Dan Santat's illustrations, this is sure to be a schoolroom favorite.
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, MA
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Deborah Diesen is the author of The Pout-Pout Fish, a New York Times bestseller and one of TIME's top 10 children’s books of 2008. She lives in Michigan. Dan Santat is the illustrator of many books for children, including Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show. He lives in California.
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It’s true, you plan and you plan but sometimes things just don’t turn out how you want them to. Picture Day, that day in school where some children dress up, they try to smile just right, get that plastic comb from the photographer at school for finishing touches on their hair but when they get their pictures back in a month or so, they look forward to next year where they will finally get it all right. In this book, this boy plans for months on getting the perfect school picture. His morning begins with a bad hair day, a messy breakfast, bus issues, the wrong background color for the shirt that he wore and a few other issues that would definitely make a bad school picture. As the photographer gets ready to snap his picture, the boy contemplates what his picture will be like. Click! The ending will surprise you.