Written and Illustrated by Bernard Waber
J Intermediate, 2017.
Nobody is Perfick was originally published in 1971. The book has held up over the past four decades because the humorous frustrations that come with childhood really haven’t changed -- you still have to sit up straight in class; friends still have secret diaries; it’s always hard not to daydream when you have homework to do.
This J Intermediate is easy and accessible. It’s a quick read of silly, illustrated vignettes about the shortcomings and annoyances of being a kid. The punchlines to the jokes are funny but they’re also reassuring in their universality -- after all, nobody is perfect.