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Perfect Man Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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"A warm, outstanding story that salutes teachers everywhere." (New Brunswick Reader 2005-12-31)

"Dean Griffiths' pen and ink illustrations are brimming with humourous details." "This is a wonderful tribute to teachers and their superhero talents." (Resource Links 2004-09-01)

"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." (The Standard 2004-06-19)

"Writer Troy Wilson and illustrator Dean Griffiths say a lot, in a few pages, about fiction and reality, hopes, dreams and human potential." (Vancouver Sun 2004-05-08)

"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." (Quill & Quire 2004-04-01)

"A magical, funny book about finding heroes." (United Church Observer 2005-12-01)

"Writing is definitely Wilson's super power." (Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 2006-01-01)

"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." (Young Adult Books Central 2005-08-30)

"This delightful story challenges readers to expand their definition of hero." (Today's Parent 2004-11-01)

"Victoria author Troy Alan Maxwell Wilson and illustrator Dean Griffiths of Duncan, B.C. pepper an inspirational story with sly humour." (Maclean's 2004-11-29)

"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." (Children in Crisis 2005-01-01)

"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." (Calgary Herald 2004-10-31)

"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." (BC Parent 2004-04-01)

"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." (Comic World News 2004-06-14)

"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!" (Monday Magazine 2004-05-13) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dean Griffiths has illustrated twelve books for Orca. He lives in Duncan, British Columbia. More information is available at


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551432862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551432861
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,005,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Michael Maxwell McAllum was the smallest boy in his class. He lived in a small house in a small town on a small street." So begins Wilson and Griffiths' delightful story, "Perfect Man."

Michael's all time most-favoritest superhero is the blue-caped, silver-helmeted Perfect Man. He's a hero of mystery, no one knows his true name, no one even knows where he lives, but he's got marketing on his side! "Michael Maxwell McAllum was Perfect Man's biggest fan. He covered his wall with Perfect man posters. He read Perfect man comics and played Perfect Man video games. He ate Perfect Man cereal and wore Perfect Man T-shirts." To Michael, Perfect Man truly IS perfect in every way.

Then an interesting twist happens (the first of many) and PM decides to call it quits. He holds a press conference and tells the public that it's time to move on and do something else. The press is curious-where will he go? What will he do? "Oh, I'll find something," PM says, "after all, there's ore than one way to save the world."

You'd THINK MMM would be devastated, but he's got a secret faith in PM. After all, PM escaped from space pirates, escaped from the 10th Dimension and even came back from the dead! Of COURSE PM would be coming back, how could you think otherwise??

Nothing happens all summer except for an alien invasion in New York ("They always invaded New York. They never invaded his small town"); other superheroes team up to send the green nasties back to outer space and PM is still not heard form. THEN the next wonderful twist in the story happens: "and then Perfect Man came back. Or maybe not. It was hard to tell. He wasn't wearing the costume." Michael Maxwell McCullum believes that his new teacher, Mr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Vernick on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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.
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Michael Maxwell McAllum is a young boy who is obsessed with real-life superhero named "Perfect man". After Perfect Man retires, Michael must make a choice, sink into despair or discover his own life, and his own super-powers. He discovers that he has his own imagination, and begins to write down his stories.
This is a great book, in the tradition of Freak the Mighty, that encourages young people to write their thoughts and ideas down on paper.
The writing is superb, and the artwork is beyond belief. This Canadian import is well worth the price. Especially for parents who dabbled in comic-book reading themselves (and not the Archie kind), you'll love this book.
Brian Pankratz
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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