Winner of five kid-voted statewide awards!
California Young Reader Medal
Charlie May Simon Award (Arkansas)
Georgia Children's Book Award
Nene Award (Hawaii)
Sunshine State Award (Florida)
More praise for Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!
"This book catches the reader with its very first sentence . . . crackling with humor . . . nearly perfect."
--Gannett Westchester Newspapers
"The only difficulty with this book is that everyone will want to be the first one to introduce it to children. . . A real gem."
--State Library of Ohio Checklist
"The moral is encased in laughs, with Manes's style reminiscent of Daniel Pinkwater's and topped by a dash of Kurt Vonnegut. Not perfect but awfully funny."
"What happens . . . changes chuckles to belly laughs!"
"This clever, funny book doesn't waste time being subtle; its mixture of slapstick/wryness will have kids laughing out loud."
--Marriage and Family Living
"Milo's home-study course in perfection makes a hilarious, zany story which readers will find hard to put down."
". . . hysterically funny, and not without relevance for grown-ups seemingly addicted to self-development."
"Manes' novel satirizes the countless best sellers that promise smaller waists, slimmer hips and enriched bank accounts."
--School Library Journal
". . . amazing and hilarious."
--The Times of Trenton
"This is a laughing-aloud book. It is far from great literature but very close to the funny bone."
--The Read-Aloud Handbook
"This is an original, offbeat, skillfully conceived and executed book."
"This book was so good it made me laugh out loud."
--Detroit Free Press
"One of the best children's stories of all time!"
STEPHEN MANES is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults. His Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! won kid-voted awards in five states and is a curriculum staple in American and French schools. The sequel, Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday!, quickly became a Publishers Weekly bestseller. His books have been adapted for stage and television productions.
Manes has had a long career making arcane worlds accessible to the uninitiated. His most recent book is the highly acclaimed Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet. He was one of the creators and co-hosts of the weekly public television series "Digital Duo." He co-wrote the bestselling and much-praised biography Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America. He wrote long-running columns on personal technology for The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, and many other publications.
Manes has a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. His writing credits for the screen include programs for ABC Television and KCET/Los Angeles, as well as the seventies classic movie Mother, Jugs & Speed. A native of Pittsburgh, he lives in Seattle.
I've used this book with middle school students who struggle with being accepted by their peers as well as feeling constantly judged by both family and friends. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Dianne Delaney
this book is ok. it needs to be longer and more comedy. then id be a nomine for the oscars.its wierd really odd but stephen mnes is a great authorPublished 7 months ago by angela viets
I could not put this down - bought it for my 9 year old grandson! Well written story with a great message.Published 9 months ago by Debra Malmos
Be A Perfect Person In Just Three Days is a very entertaining book, I must say. Although it is entertaining, it is entertaining in a weird way. Read morePublished 14 months ago by HelpfulReviewer
I made sure this was fiction before checking it out from my library when I was a kid. Even then I was wary of self-help books making specious claims. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Swank Ivy
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