From the Author
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." --Booklist
"What happens . . . changes chuckles to belly laughs!" --Publishers Weekly
"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." --Wings
". . . hysterically funny, and not without relevance for grown-ups seemingly addicted to self-development." --New Age
"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." --Philadelphia Inquirer
"This book was so good it made me laugh out loud." --Detroit Free Press
"One of the best children's stories of all time!" --Goodreads
About the Author
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.