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  • Written by Trudy Ludwig
    Illustrated by Lisa Fields
  • Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781582462585
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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.

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Have you ever wished you could be somebody else? I have. I wished I was Kayla. Then all my problems would go away like magic. Poof!--No more frizzy hair and freckles. I’d have cool clothes instead of boring hand-me-downs. I’d get straight A’s instead of a bunch of B’s and C’s. I’d be a better me--smarter, thinner, prettier--and I’d have more friends.

Mom always said, “Maisie, you’re perfect just the way you are.” But she didn’t know perfect. She didn’t know Kayla.

In class, I watched Kayla all the time.

If I looked hard enough, maybe I’d find the secret to being perfect. Then I’d live happily ever after--just like Kayla.
Trudy Ludwig

About Trudy Ludwig

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Trudy Ludwig is an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children's social interactions. She has received rave reviews nationwide from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing relational aggression--the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others. Trudy wrote her first book, My Secret Bully, after her own daughter was bullied by some friends. Since then, she has become a sought-after speaker, presenting at schools and conferences around the country and educating students, parents, and teachers on the topic.

Trudy has been profiled on national and regional television, radio, and newsprint.  Children's books have always been Trudy's great passion. It was her daughter's experience which inspired Trudy to quit her freelance writing career to focus on making a difference in kids' lives, one book at a time.®

Trudy lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and their loyal hound dog, Hannah. She is a member of the International Bullying Prevention Association and collaborates with leading experts and organizations including The Ophelia Project, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First.

Trudy is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact the Random House Speakers Bureau at rhspeakers@randomhouse.com.

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Praise

“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

“With
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

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