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Dear Miss Perfect: A Beast's Guide to Proper Behavior Hardcover – April 9, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618677178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618677177
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] witty collection that entertains while subtly conveying information…Dutton's understated watercolor-and-ink illustrations are charming…a perfect complement to the humorous text. Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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[A] witty collection that entertains while subtly conveying information…Dutton's understated watercolor-and-ink illustrations are charming…a perfect complement to the humorous text. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
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More About the Author

Sandra Dutton's books have been named to "Pick of the Lists" by American Bookseller, and featured in Publishers Weekly.

She has taught both art and writing at the elementary, high school, and university levels, and has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition. Her musical "Just a Matter of Time" was produced as an Equity Showcase at the Sage Theatre, Times Square, New York City.

Her reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review.

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We all enjoyed it...fun to read aloud for young & old.
Top of NJ
The text tickles the soul, and fun watercolor illustrations, also by Dutton, delight the eyes.
Jane Sobie
I have purchased other books by Sandra Dutton for my grandchildren, and have enjoyed them all.
J. Eblen

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Sobie on June 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Emily Post --- move over. Miss Perfect, a fine-feathered bird, is the advice columnist for The Beastly Gazette in Sandra Dutton's newest children's book, Dear Miss Perfect: A Beast's Guide to Proper Behavior. Seventeen animals write letters to Miss Perfect with humorous exaggerated concerns on matters of food, school, family, friends and relationships. Arthur B. Elephant, for example, wonders where he should place his trunk at the dinner table between courses. Jonathan Porcupine laments that girls won't dance the rumba with him because of his quills. Miss Perfect, with grand savoir-faire, says, "You've simply been asking the wrong girls. You need a partner with thick skin. How about asking a Rhinoceros?" Miss Perfect believes that a Beast who knows proper behavior is a happier Beast. The text tickles the soul, and fun watercolor illustrations, also by Dutton, delight the eyes. Children can have fun with the Beasts' letters and come up with their own -- even answer them pretenting they are Miss Perfect. This book would make a wonderful addition to any children's library collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Eblen on May 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have purchased other books by Sandra Dutton for my grandchildren, and have enjoyed them all. So, I was anxious for the release of "Dear Miss Perfect: A Beast's Guide to Proper Behavior." I certainly was not disappointed. I loved all the "beastly" characters. Their problems were not unlike any young child's. Miss Perfect always had the right answer for their woes with a bit of wit and humor. I am anxious now to share this book with my grandchildren.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Blankenship on June 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Three generations of our family have read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was especially rewarding to see the pleasure of the kids had reading it.

This is fun for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Top of NJ on May 2, 2007
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I purchased this book for my grandchildren and read it before I gave it to them. I then suggested my husband read it and brought it out again for company to read over coffee after dinner. We all enjoyed it...fun to read aloud for young & old. This isn't just for kids!
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