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In search of perfection, Milo Crinkley earnestly tries to follow the loony instructions he finds in a library books--and learns that there are more important things in life than being perfect. "Manes' style (is) reminiscent of Daniel Pinkwater's topped with a dash of Kurt Vonnegut . . . awfully funny".--Booklist....

Title : Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!
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ISBN : 9780440227908
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! Reviews

  • Swankivy
    2019-04-05 08:20

    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. :)This is about a kid named Milo who is intrigued by the title of a book called Be A Perfect Person in Just Three Days. He's got a lot of problems at home and would love to become "perfect," but this book keeps ordering him to do weird things (like put a hunk of broccoli around his neck), and he's a little suspicious of the photos of the author (which do NOT suggest the author knows anything about being perfect). But he's also instructed to not skip ahead in the book, so he doesn't know what to expect. Unfortunately even though it's got its funny moments and hilarious images, it doesn't do much but teach little Milo that there's really no such thing as being perfect--especially if you do so just trying to copy what someone else tells you to do. I think when I was a kid I was hoping something cool would happen for him when really the book was kind of just trolling him. But "no one's perfect" is still a good message.

  • Freya Hooper
    2019-04-06 12:18

    What this book is about:When Milo gets hit in the head at the library by a falling book, he takes notice. This particular book is written by Dr. Silverfish, and it’s impressive title, Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days, is just too good to pass up. Milo follows the instructions, word for word. Does it work? Do you think you could do it?Why I love this book:Fun and funny book. Day one is probably the funniest and my third and eighth grader were both laughing out loud. Let’s just say that every time I asked if they wanted one more chapter, the chorus was a resounding “yes!”The book does have a lovely message which I think parents will appreciate. Also the chapters are just the perfect length with just the right amount of suspense so that kids won’t be able to wait for the next night. Who this book is for:Great for elementary and middle school kids who like to laugh. Final thoughts:The copy I got from the library had the most horribly dated illustrations. No child will ever pick this one up on their own, but once you start reading it, they won’t want you to stop.

  • Alethea Kontis
    2019-04-22 08:20

    I loved this book so much that I had my Mother chase down an out of print copy for me years ago...and it was a movie tie in cover! I had no idea this book had been made into a movie--I wish I'd seen it. What smart young person doesn't strive to be perfect? If such perfection were possible in such a short time, would you attempt it? Even if it meant wearing a giant piece of broccoli around your neck? Sometimes you find books and sometimes, when you really need them, the books find YOU.

  • Erin
    2019-04-20 09:16

    Doesn't the title itself already make you want to read this book? It definitely made me curious right away. Who knew the secret to perfection could be found in a children's book that could be read in less than a day for this year's Battle of the Books? You'll laugh all the way through as you read about Milo's adventures in his quest for perfection.

  • Raquel
    2019-04-10 13:00

    I read this book several times, all years ago. A very funny read, this book is actually quite "wise".

  • Aiden
    2019-03-29 12:10

    its good, pretty good, i read it in 3rd grade, i guess i would recomend it,

  • Sarah
    2019-03-30 13:02

    I remember being all excited to read this book in third grade, but it turned out to be more of a cautionary tale than a manual.

  • Kaye
    2019-04-11 08:09

    Read to 5th Graders as part of their Battle of the Books. Milo literally gets hit on the head by a book promising he can become perfect in three days. Made the kids laugh and press for "just one more chapter".

  • Michelle
    2019-03-23 14:20

    Speaking as a reformed perfectionist I have to say this book is GREAT! I might have even teared up a little bit. Wish I would have read it as a kid, but knowing me I would have needed to read it a few times.

  • Bridget
    2019-04-21 12:05

    This short read was pretty entertaining. I'm just imagining wearing a broccoli necklace to school. Ha ha. It does make some excellent points. It's no wonder my 9 year old daughter brought it home from school to read.

  • Daniel Fleisher
    2019-04-08 13:04

    A much needed, fun read to give me some perspective. A perfect read for adults who feel they are engrossed in their professional or personal bubbles. I had forgotten about this favorite until a iend recommended it recently.

  • Nicole Schwartz
    2019-03-24 09:07

    Great story with a perfect message. Anyone who would want to be perfect should read this book.

  • Volkert
    2019-04-05 15:02

    Milo follows the instructions in a book "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days," with hilarious results. A humorous story with a good point.

  • Julie Decker
    2019-04-07 15:12

    Milo's a kind of troubled kid who accidentally encounters a book called BE A PERFECT PERSON IN JUST THREE DAYS. Well, how can he resist that, right? Even if the photos of the author look a bit . . . imperfect. (Maybe his idea of perfect is just different?) Anyway, Milo follows the instructions in the book to the letter, not even reading ahead because the book insisted that he must do each task before reading ahead. But some of the tasks make Milo look foolish, and he starts to wonder what this book is trying to teach him. What is perfection, anyway?The quirkiness of this book is pretty amusing for younger readers; it's genuinely absurd enough sometimes to catch you off guard and make you laugh. However, the message seemed a bit trite all boiled down--of course there's no such thing as a perfect person, and I think if I were a child I'd actually feel manipulated and embarrassed by the author of such a book if I found out at the end that what I wanted so desperately was just going to be mocked and answered with "Sorry, kid, no such thing."

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-30 13:17

    I picked this book out for my daughter(8) and her friends to read for a book club we hosted. I read it with her, because at first the picture on the cover made her not want to read it. She didn't think it would be fun. Once we started, we laughed together and she really enjoyed it. It is a really fun book, geared toward 8-12 year old. We both liked it. I gave it 3 stars instead of 4, just because there were a lot of times during the book when they said stupid, dumb, or idiot. That is not too big of a deal, but we try to get my daughter not to use those words in our home, so picking out and reading a book with that word choice was contrary to books I would typically chose for her. This was both of our first time reading the book, and it was an enjoyable read. Also, since we did read it for a book club, there were a lot of food ideas, clothes ideas, and activity ideas in there. The book club is actually today (in a half hour), and it is going to be fun.

  • Heather
    2019-03-31 09:13

    Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days, written by Stephen Manes and illustrated by Tom Huffman seems as though it would be a level three on the Horning scale. The text is large, but smaller than might be found in other transitional books, and also has more complex sentences than any of the transitional readers I have read thus far. The illustrations appear to be mostly for decoration, as they do appear every few pages and they do not appear to portray exactly what happens in the text, so they would not be good references for readers who are having trouble understanding the text. In the story, Milo comes across an instruction manual on how to become perfect and decides to follow its directions, as he is frustrated with continually making mistakes at home and at school. The message of the book is that it is okay not to be perfect, as it is impossible and spending your time trying will make for a boring and stressful life.

  • Krista
    2019-04-07 13:22

    This book is about a boy who finds a book on how to be perfect and decides to give it a try… he is sick of messing up things. First he wears broccoli on a string for a day. This is to teach him to be fearless since nothing could be more embarrassing that walking around with broccoli. Then he can’t eat for a day. This is to teach him that he has the willpower and strength of character to do anything. Finally, he can’t do anything for one day. This is proved impossible when he falls asleep. The book congratulates him for failing since being perfect would be the most boring thing ever. You would have to do absolutely nothing to be perfect. Better to be yourself and try different things and mess up than to never do anything. I think it is a good book with a good lesson. Kids will enjoy.

  • Marie F
    2019-04-02 14:13

    Read aloud with my 5th grader over the weekend. He read most of it to me, but I helped him with bits when he got too many giggles. Very silly book, my "class clown" kiddo *loved* it. The 6th grader and 3rd grader also read it (seperately, to themselves) and thought it was funny but not quite as deeply amused as their brother. I think it struck his type of humor just right, he guffawed several times and even had a rush to go pee moment. The third grader disapproved of seeing stupid (and something else?) appear "so much" since "adults should be able to write better stuff without that"... ;) so if you have a child sensitive to those kinds of words, might want to consider that and/or preview context. Neither the 5th or 6th graders noticed or cared about that, but she felt it detracted from the humor.

  • Olivia
    2019-04-06 11:16

    I liked this book because it was a good reminder that not everyone is perfect. Especially going through school as a college student, I still find it annoying not being flawless with everything. I think this book would be a great transition book for 3rd graders. Because students at this age may be going through a period where they are comparing themselves to their peers and trying to be like them. However, being like someone else doesn't mean that a person becomes perfect. There is no such thing as perfect. I would use this book as a lesson over characterization and sequence of events. I could create a lesson where each student created a "perfect character" then we could analyze that everyone has a different opinion of perfect, which will help the students understand that there is not a definition for flawless.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-29 10:10

    A book falls off the library shelf and lands on Milo's head. Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! seems like a good book for Milo. He isn't perfect at anything, so he decides to follow the rules set by Dr. K. Pinkerton Silverfish and achieve perfection in 3 days. Wearing broccoli around his neck and eating absolutely nothing for exactly 24 hours, is nothing compared to the third day's task...can Milo do it? Can he be perfect in 3 days? Maybe the real question it all worth it? Perfectly hilarious, with perfectly silly illustrations, this book by Stephen Manes makes a kid step back and decide what perfection really is. A fun book for elementary school kids.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-14 07:13

    I read this growing up about 100 times, along withTales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing and theRamonabooks. I would have loved it if this book had a female protagonist -- nothing changed in the story, just a female protagonist and her mindset.The lesson in this book is so important -- ESPECIALLY for growing girls. Be who you are, you imperfect you. Don't waste time and energy worrying about "self help" and trying to appear perfect. All the little tasks Milo had to complete didn't make him "perfect," but they did make him stronger and more confident. I hear Calvin's father yelling about building character off in the distance.

  • Yomaris
    2019-04-15 09:01

    My most favorite part of the book "How To Be Perfect in 3 days" by Stephen Manes was the entire book!The book was about a boy named Milo who was always thinking I wish I was perfect.In fact he was saying it in the library. Suddenly a book fell from the shelf and hit his head “ouch!” Said Milo.He read the title “ How To Be Perfect in Just Three Days!” He checked out the book. At the first page there was a photo of a man named Dr. SilverFish with a hot dog and a drop of mustard on his shirt but really at the end Dr. Silverfish said " you don't want to be perfect all the perfect people do is drink tea, go to the bathroom and sit all day. So if you want to be perfect go ahead. "

  • Duke2026
    2019-04-02 14:01

    This book is abuot a boy named Milo that whants to be perfect but one day at the liderery a book falls and hits Milos head then he read it the auther was Dr. sillverfish and the book tells him all these crazy things to do to be perfect in just 3 days but on the 2nd day his father caches him doing wierd things but his sister Elissa disteros his live so he just trys not to get mad but one day his sirter calls him a moron and he still does not get mad i woud get mad if someone said that to me i hope that no one calls you that what do you think will hepen next read on to find out

  • The Brothers
    2019-03-31 12:54

    A quick and easy read about a little boy named Milo who sets out to be perfect about a book on the subject bonks him on the head at the library. He carefully and with purpose sets about to complete the three steps to perfection and *spoiler alert*fails! But in his failure, he learns the best lesson about perfection there could be. It's boring! Better to be an imperfect person, but a good one!Both boys liked it, though they weren't riveted to their seats as with other lunchtime reading selections.

  • Karen
    2019-04-23 12:02

    Milo has a book drop on his head in the library one day. It changes his life. The book's author, Dr.J. Pinkerton Silverfish, is on the cover of his book. He sports a huge red clown nose and tells the secrets of How To Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days.While doing Dr. Silverfish's "days", Milo gains a lot more than perfection. He gains confidence, focus and learns what would beat being a perfect person. This was a great book for the 3rd/4th grade reading list, and the quickest read so far.

  • Rick Bavera
    2019-03-26 09:14

    Milo is looking for a monster book in the library, and a book falls on his head. It is called 'Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days'. Since he doesn't have anything better to do, he tries it out. This is a truly funny book that would make kids feel good about themselves, and that it is okay to be different. It would also be good as a funny way to help a kid with self-confidence. The simple black and white drawings are humorous and work well with the text.

  • Susan Kedroski
    2019-03-31 11:19

    Owen's thoughts: This is a very funny book. It's also a short book if you just want to read something for fun. The character is a kid that's not good at stuff and he finds the book and reads it and in the book he does really crazy things like - not eating for a day and only drinking water, wearing a stalk of broccoli around his neck, and tried to be still for 24 hours. At the end of the book it says that NOBODY is perfect so he did all that stuff just to build his character. ha!

  • Stacy
    2019-03-23 09:07

    A cute story about Milo, who wants to be perfect, and soon realizes that perfect people are boring. He goes a whole day wearing a stalk of broccoli around his neck, another day without eating, and most of another day doing absolutely nothing. A short book with only six chapters, this is an easy read, and makes the point that there is no way to be perfect, no matter how hard one tries; and it's okay.

  • Fruitcake01
    2019-04-18 11:14

    Be a Perfect in Just Three Days! This book was about this boy who went to the library and he was looking for one specific book,so he was searching and he step up to a book and one other book just came for the top shelf and fell on top of his head.It read Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days.So he took the book to the librarian so he could check it out.The book was not working but he still kept it and read the whole thing.

  • Danny
    2019-04-19 10:23

    I remember reading this as a child, of what age I can no longer remember. I picked it up at the library due to the title. I had hoped it would show me some way to be perfect. It didn't. I was dissapointed. As a child I could not immediately accept the message that the book gave and truly desired to be perfect. This book was no more than a dissapointment, but I still liked it.