Picture Day Perfection

Picture Day Perfection

Book - 2013
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After planning for months to have the perfect school picture taken, a boy's moment of weakness ruins everything.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781419708442


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Jun 23, 2017

We really enjoyed the stories, the great pictures and of course the ironic, funny ending! We read this several times! Recommended!

Jan 09, 2016

funny ending.

Feb 17, 2015

Cute and humorous story. Nicely illustrated also.

Oct 29, 2014

A boy sets out to get the perfect picture on picture day (perfectly awful that is). He has the bedhead, the dirty shirt, dirty face, boring background and is ready with a scowl on his face. Unfortunately, a smile slips through and ruins his perfect awfulness. In the end he looks forward to trying again next year.

At first this book reminded me quite a bit of Alexander and the Horrible...Day. Everything that could mess up his picture day happens. But then as you get to the end you realize this was all part of the boy's diabolical plan which makes it more fun.

The illustrations are beautiful, quirky and fun. This book is advertized for ages 4-8. Why four year olds? They most likely don't have picture days. I would recommend this for all elementary age children who would enjoy and understand the ironic picture day humor.

forbesrachel Sep 09, 2014

It's picture day, the day most kids dread, but one boy is determined to have the perfect picture. One mishap after another leaves him in a less than desirable state though. Paint-splotched scowling face, wild hair, slumping in a stained shirt. Perfect. The boy is now ready for his mischievous photo, one which his mom will hardly appreciate. At the last moment though, his own thoughts of victory betray him as he lets out the biggest smile. Dan Santat's style of bold, cartoonish expressions works perfectly for a story on picture day. Faces look really funny, particularly the ones on the boy; many will recognize the Grinch smile. The designs constantly remind us of the photography context. Some pages have photographs as panels, while others look like they caught a moment on film, and finally the blinding flash at the end hides the final reveal. Even the end papers feature photos of the children, to which we can add our own. Picture Day Perfection is the perfect book on the subject, because when the boy attempts to create the worst photo, ironically, he produces the best.


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