Patrice Barton Illustrations ©2013

Too Perfect


Afterword by Dr. Thomas Greenspon, author of Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism and What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough

When Trying Your Best Is Never Good Enough

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 after all.

Too Perfect is a unique picture book that addresses the growing problem of perfectionism among young children and the freedom and relief that comes from simply accepting one’s self. This book will raise meaningful discussions on working to your potential, not to perfection. An afterword by renowned expert Dr. Thomas S. Greenspon, an author’s note, discussion questions, and recommended readings are also included.

  • 2009 Moonbeam Gold Award Recipient: Picture Book – All Ages
  • 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Recipient, Gold Seal