Mike Curato Illustrations ©2020

Too Perfect 

“Trudy sheds light on the unhealthy pressure kids put on themselves to look and act perfect. Best yet, she offers practical solutions to help young readers be more accepting of themselves and others. I can’t recommend it enough!”– Dr. Michele Borba, contributing parent expert on the Today show & best-selling author

Too Perfect pulls back the curtain to show young readers the real price of perfectionism. This is a message girls can’t hear early enough! Maisie’s story brings home the importance of being yourself and debunks the powerful image of the ‘perfect girl.’– Rachel Simmons, best-selling author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl 

“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

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

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

“Great story with lessons built in. Recommended.” - Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries

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