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Perfect Man

Wilson, Troy (Author)
Griffiths, Dean (Illustrator)
Orca 2005. 32 pages
First published: 2004
ISBN: 9781551434353 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Blue Spruce Award Nominee – 2005

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Michael Maxwell McAllum is an ordinary boy whose idol is Perfect Man, the superhero character he lives and breathes, day and night. When Perfect Man announces his retirement, Michael is convinced that his superhero will come back, perhaps in a different guise, and believes to have found him in his new teacher. His teacher never breaks chalk, raises his voice or gets sick. “And best of all, Mr. Clark looked inside people. He saw all the good stuff and helped them bring it out.” His teacher encourages Michael to use his super powers of writing and imagination. And that is just what he does.

Marvellous watercolour illustrations in cartoon style allow the everyday world to meet the world of Michael’s imagination. The little boy’s idolization of his superhero is projected around him: aliens, spaceships and flying people soar across the pages in contrast to a rather frumpy, earthbound Mr. Clark.

Third-person text works with rhythm and repetition to get inside the world and head of Michael McAllum: “And Perfect Man came back. Or maybe not. It was hard to tell. He wasn’t wearing the costume. His arms were flabbier. His stomach was rounder . . . He called himself Mr. Clark.”

Full of humour and charming detail, this book is an inspiring read about being encouraged to live out your dreams.

  •  

    Discuss your favourite superheroes. Start a list of qualities that make them admirable.

  •  Use a graphic organizer to compare the superhero qualities of Perfect Man, Michael Maxwell McAllum and Mr. Clark.
  •  

    Do you think Mr. Clark was really Perfect Man? Use details from the story and your own ideas to explain your thinking.

  •  Work with a partner. Invent your own superhero and write a comic or short story for your character.
  •  

    Discuss your favourite superheroes. Start a class list of qualities that make them admirable. Add to your list as the book is read aloud.

  •  With a partner, use a graphic organizer to compare the superhero qualities of Perfect Man, Michael Maxwell McAllum and Mr. Clark.
  •  

    Mr. Clark suggests that Michael has the power to write and that he needs to try new things and meet new people to improve his writing. Think about your own power. Discuss ways to improve it. Make a poster to remind yourself of your power and how to improve it.

  •  

    Write about one of your own real-life superheroes. Use Mr. Clark’s description to get ideas for your hero.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Personal and Career Planning