Maisie thinks Kayla is perfect. She’s pretty and thin, has cool clothes, gets good grades, and she’s a star on the soccer field. But is Kayla happy? The more Maisie gets to know Kayla, the more she begins to question whether being perfect is really so wonderful. In Too Perfect
, acclaimed speaker and child advocate Trudy Ludwig explores the relentless and destructive drive for perfection, and the freedom that comes from accepting one’s self.
May 12, 2009
Lexile: 610L | Fountas/Pinnell: O
TRUDY LUDWIG is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world, including The Invisible Boy
and My Secret Bully
. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy also collaborates with organizations like the Committee for Children and ConnectSafely.org, and has served as content advisor for Sesame Street Workshop. Trudy's books have won the Mom's Choice Gold Award, the IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, and the NAPPA Gold Medal, and also been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People.
LISA FIELDS is an illustrator based out of Katonah, New York, a small hamlet north of New York City where she grew up. She received her BFA in Illustration from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and attended The Illustration Academy. This is her second book for children.
“My Secret Bully provides an important resource to help parents.”
–Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out
“[In Just Kidding] Trudy Ludwig has not only captured the heart of boy taunting, but also the best solutions.”
–Susan Wellman, founder of The Ophelia Project“Sorry! helps parents and educators teach children the magic transformative power of apology.”
–Aaron Lazare, MD, author of On Apology
“[Trouble Talk] would be well used by school counselors or social workers to interface with a child who’s exhibiting or harmed by ‘trouble talk.’”
–School Library Journal
Too Perfect sets the stage for meaningful discussions about being yourself and working to your potential, not to perfection. In our extremely competitive society, I highly recommend this book for kids and parents!”
–Barbara Z. Carlson, cofounder of Putting Family First and coauthor of Putting Family First: Successful Strategies for Reclaiming Family Life in a Hurry-up World
“Too Perfect is a much-needed primer for our children (not to mention, the children inside all of us) on why perfection is unhealthy, unproductive, and plain old unfun.”
–Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body
Too Perfect, Trudy Ludwig has hit the mark on the pitfalls of perfectionism–and shows children and their parents that we are all ‘perfect’ just the way we are.”
–Jill Zimmerman Rutledge, MSW, LCSW, author of Picture Perfect: What You Need to Feel Better About Your Body
“Perfectionism isn’t a disease to be conquered; it is a self-esteem issue in need of healing.
Too Perfect shows us how we might begin to do just that.”
–Thomas S. Greenspon, PhD, author of Freeing Our Families From Perfectionism
and What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough: A Guide for Kids