From the Author
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!"
About the Author
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.