Tales for the Perfect Child (Hardcover)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781481463799, 112pp.
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
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Ruby is reliable (kinda).
Arthur is careful (sorta).
Harry eats his carrots (though it depends on what you mean by “eat”).
And just like all perfect children, Gloria helps her mother (well, that might be an exaggeration).
As the eight deliciously wicked tales featured in this hilarious chapter book prove, it’s perfectly nice to be a perfect child—but where’s the fun in that?
About the Author
Sergio Ruzzier is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Good Boy, This Is Not a Picture Book!, Bear and Bee, and Two Mice. He is the illustrator of Florence Parry Heide’s chapter books Tales for the Perfect Child and Fables You Shouldn’t Pay Any Attention To, and has created comic strips for Italian magazines Linus and Lupo Alberto Magazine. He has also done work for many national and international magazines and book publishers. His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers, and Parents’ Choice, and in 2011 he was awarded the Sendak Fellowship. Born in Italy, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Sergio at Ruzzier.com.
Praise For Tales for the Perfect Child…
— Maria Russo
"These two cheeky collecitons of very brief stories feature realistically self-centered children or anthropomorphic animals with one thing in common: they know how to game the system and/or play adults.... These new editions are sized perfectly for a child's hands.... Ruzzier's interpretation here is entirely original, yet he is surely [Victoria] Chess's heir apparent: their work shares the same insouciance and subversiveness."
"Impeccable instructions for triumphing over grown-ups. Originally published in 1985 with illustrations by Victoria Chess, this pleasing reissue with new illustrations and one new story still showcases spot-on techniques for getting the better of adults. The trim size is invitingly small and each story (there are eight), accessibly short.... Ruzzier complements the textual humor by giving the animals indignant eyebrows, sly expressions of superiority, seriously recognizable pouts, and genuine satisfaction at their inevitable victories. While it's fun to imagine this as a manual that will pass clandestinely from child to child, the truth is that most kids know these techniques already. No harm, no foul—and no carrots."
"This new edition of a collection by Heide, originally published in 1985, is full of entertaining short stories featuring seemingly perfect children. On the surface, they seem to do exactly as they are told, but young readers will laugh as they realize that this doesn't mean the characters are doing what they are supposed to do.... Ruzzier's expressive, wry illustrations, new to this edition, show the perfect children being perfectly devious, and little ones will love pointing out the characters' many schemes. With short sentences ideal for emerging readers, this collection could work for either shared or solo reading. Kids with a bit of a naughty side will be eager to get their hands on these mischievous tales."
"A collection of eight short stories about children using clever and sneaky techniques to achieve their unique objectives.... Ruzzier’s...illustrations have a playful cartoon art appearance and accompany the text pleasingly.... The tales have an engaging, poetic flow.... Heide trusts children to recognize and call out the dishonest and selfish actions and perhaps enjoy a vicarious laugh at the perfectly imperfect behavior. VERDICT: A fun title to read aloud and talk about."