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Perfectly Percy

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  531 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
This is Percy. Percy loves balloons. Balloons are fun! But Percy has a small problem... and to solve it, he'll need a really BIG idea!!

Paul Schmid, the author and artist of Hugs From Pearl, presents a story about an adorably prickly character with a big heart. Percy shows that there is no problem too big for a plucky porcupine to solve!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Harper Collins
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Audra Rowell
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddie-lit
Perfectly Percy is a sweet little book about Percy the Porcupine. There is only one thing that makes Percy truly happy . . . balloons! Obviously this creates quite the dilemma for Percy and he works really hard at looking for a solution. Just when he thinks he has thought all of his thoughts, he comes up with the perfect solution. The simple, light-hearted drawings are the perfect compliment to this story and are sure to put a smile on any reader’s face. It would make a great read aloud and a wo ...more
Chance Lee
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Adorable picture book about a porcupine with a problem -- he loves balloons! He ponders his problem and eventually solves it.
Percy is a porcupine who LOVES balloons, but as everyone knows porcupines and balloons just don't mix. Determined to find a solution, Percy thinks and thinks and finds that his cereal bowl also doubles as a helmet! Now a porcupine + a helmet + a balloon is a winning solution!

Illustrations were rendered in pencil on paper and then manipulated in Photoshop. I liked the soft color palette and the way that the artwork fills in extra details of the story. I was a little less thrilled with the solutio
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Percy is a cute, sweet and prickly porcupine. His favorite thing to do in the world is play with balloons and, as you can guess, this is a HUGE problem when you have your body covered by needles... Percy thought hard trying to find a solution, and when none came to him, he thought even harder. Despite the lack of an idea, he decided to think a little more. And just when he was about to give up, a bright solution finally came to him!

A lovely illustrated story about don't desist when a problem loo
Margaret Chind
This is a very pretty pastel book and just right for the youngest audience in logic learning. Percy is a porcupine that loves balloons and must figure out the best way to play with his favorite thing. It's cute and funny and got an easy smile out of my preschooler.

*Thanks to HC for providing an ARC for review.*

Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Percy the porcupine has a problem. His favorite thing in the world is balloons. You can probably guess what the problem is: "But happy little porcupines with balloons are soon SAD little porcupines." This book is simple enough for story time, but still has a lot of depth and is all about perseverance and problem-solving. Plus, the illustrations are adorable! (Author/illustrator Paul Schmid is from Seattle.)
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Cute drawings but doesn't add up to much. The flap describes him as having a big heart, but the story isn't really about him helping other people or having great family relationships. Maybe he should have offered to help his sadly "too busy" mom instead of fixating on his balloons if it was supposed to be a "big heart" story. Or change the flap to emphasize his self- reliance instead of confusing the issue.
A cute story about a porcupine who loves balloons which causes him a dilemma.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are a porcupine you have quills or spikes or needles. This porcupine likes balloons which makes for an unsafe situation! Allowing himself some "think time" Percy comes up with a remarkable solution to his problem. Love it! (In respect to clever solutions, this book reminds me of Sarah Weeks' ELLA, OF COURSE!)
Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
This is picture book that will make your heart melt. It is about a young porcupine whose favorite thing in the world is balloons. As you can imagine, it is very difficult for Percy to enjoy his favorite toy. The book shows Percy’s thoughts as he tries to come up with a solution. It is a very sweet book!

Miss Emily
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm sure that this is going to be a HUGE spoiler for you guys. Ha! Porcupines pop balloons because they are pointy. If you put a bowl on their head, their prickles won't pop the balloons. The end. Not an overly impressive story line, but enough to make a kid smile because it is funny.
Anna DuBose
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my. Adorable!
Kasey Fernandez
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Gwen Ayler
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Just kind of a blah story.
Titish A.K.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Landak hobinya maen balon, meletus mulu. Idenya lucu amat :3
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Would be an excellent book for older kids to teach problem solving
Miss Sarah
I really liked this toddler and up book about a porcupine that loves balloons but they pop whenever he plays with them. Whatever will he do?
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Percy is a porcupine and one of his favorite things of all are balloons! But it’s hard when you are a prickly porcupine, balloons don’t last long at all. So Percy decides to figure out how he can solve the problem with balloons. He thinks and thinks, but no good ideas come to him. He tries hanging upside down, riding his tricycle, but nothing. It’s not until he’s having breakfast that suddenly he has an amazing, incredible idea!

Schmid’s story is quite simple, focused on one little porcupine’s pr
Crystal Lockhart
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: libs-642

I am reviewing Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid as one of my book soak choices. It fits the category of one of the books I did not care for. Perfectly Percy was about a porcupine who loved balloons. It is hard for a porcupine to love balloons because they often pop the balloons due to their spines. The whole book Percy is searching for a way for him to be able to play with his favorite balloons. He asks for help but no one can give him a fix and then he figures out his own solutions.

The book is
Sharon Tyler
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perfectly Percy is a picturebook that is written and illustrated by Paul Schmidt. Percy loves balloons, and who doesn't, because balloons are great fun. But Percy has a small problem. Everytime he tries to play with balloons, they pop. This could be because Percy is a porcupine.He tries some things to solve his problem, and finds solution to allow him to play with his favorite toy.

Perfectly Percy is a great picturebook. The illustrations are fun, and show the trial and error Percy goes through i
Destiny Dawn Long
I had seen this pastel hued volume on the shelf at the library a number of times. I'd notice it, wonder for a moment what it was about, and then get distracted by some book with a flashier cover. But I'm glad that I eventually just picked it up and looked through it--because it's a charming little story.

Percy is a porcupine who loves balloons. Anyone see a problem here? Yup, that's right, his balloons always pop on his quills. But Percy is determined to find a solution, and after much thinking
For me, this wasn't as great as Hugs for Pearl, but still really cute. The balloons just made this hilarious. The ending was a slight let-down for me, but I think kids will still enjoy the story and Percy trying to fix his problem. Loved the appearance of Pearl, and loved even more his thoughts of ice cream. :-) Definitely worth trying in storytime.

4/10/13 & 4/11/13: My Wed. group was not as into the books this week as they usually are. The slightly smaller Thu. group was much more into it--
Amanda Harris
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 1st graders reading alone or for preschool/kindergarten read aloud
Percy is a porcupine. Percy loves balloons. Porcupines and balloons don't mix. This makes Percy sad, so he must think of a way to be able to play with balloons without them popping. Percy's sister tries to help by putting marshmallows on each one of his prickly spines, his mom is too busy to help him figure it out, and so he has to go back to thinking on his own. He thinks about it all day and night and then in the morning, while eating breakfast, he gets a great idea. What does he do? You reall ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Percy the porcupine loves to play with balloons. Sadly, his balloons don't last very long at all.So he thinks, asks some advice, thinks some more, experiments, and comes up with a clever solution to his problem.

As I have always been a sucker for stories in which characters actually think about their problems, Percy satisfied. Morever, Percy is cuter than poot. Really adorable. The simple but expressive art will appeal to fans of Mo Willems.

Share it with a child: you know you want an excuse to re
Karen Arendt
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a charming book about a porcupine who loves balloons. Sadly, his quills pop the balloons every time. Percy keeps all the popped balloons in a treasure box. He thinks and thinks about how to play iwht the balloons without them popping, getting advice from his sister. He finally figures out a solution all on his own. A great book for kindergarteners learning the letter 'P' and for learning how to problem solve for the youngest kids.

The illustrations are simple with solid pastel backgrounds al
Megan Fuller
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perfectly Percy is a sweet book about a porcupine that absolutely loves balloons! But he is a porcupine. And porcupines have quills. Quills that pop balloons. What is he to do? Percy is determined to keep his love for balloons so thinks and thinks of a way to make it happen.

I love the illustrations and Percy is the cutest porcupine I have ever seen! This story would be a great read aloud for young children.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv, picture-book
Little Percy loves balloons, but because he is a porcupine, balloons do not love him back. Resourceful and independent-minded, Percy tries several solutions that don't work out; his big sister isn't really able to help either. In the end, it's Percy who comes up with a fix. Endearingly understated with a clever premise, delightful pictures, and a good message about self-reliance and problem-solving. 3 yrs and up.
Sandy Brehl
Percy is the balloon-loving younger brother of Pearl the porcupine, star of Hugs From Pearl. Percy loves balloons, with easily predicted sad results. He seeks help, ponders awake and asleep. The answer comes to him as a happy accident. Fortune favors the prepared mind, right? Another resourceful characters with appealing images.
Mar 29, 2013 added it
Shelves: picture-book
This book is adorable, and in the same vein as Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie books. Percy is a porcupine, and the only thing that makes him happy is balloons. Red balloons, blue balloons, round balloons, and curly balloons! Will Percy still be happy?
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Paul Schmid is an author and illustrator of children's picture books.
He lives in Seattle. You can visit him online at