Rating: Significant Shortcomings
Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: David Elliott
Illustrator: Sam Zuppardi
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Everyone has heard that no one is perfect. In this story we view this fact through the eyes of a young boy as he interacts with those that he knows. He sees how his sister, friend, mother, and himself all have flaws and are less than perfect. But he comes to realize that those very things that can annoy him about the ones that he knows are also the things that he likes about them.
The illustrations in this book are very colorful and fun, fitting perfectly with the style of the narrative. They are done in a way to involve young toddlers and preschoolers in the story. It does a good job of teaching that while everyone has shortcomings, we can still enjoy spending time with them. Some parents may not appreciate the way that the mother is described as stubborn and indifferent to the child's view.