Petit, the Monster

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Petit, the Monster

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Petit is puzzled. He’s a good boy when he plays with his dog. But he’s a bad boy when he pulls a girl’s hair. He can be very nice to his grandfather but terrible to pigeons. It’s good when he takes care of his toys, but very bad when he doesn’t want to share them. In short, the world is mysterious to Petit. It’s exhausting trying to figure it all out. This book by the three-time Hans Christian Andersen finalist Isol is a brilliant, funny, and ever-so-true recreation of a small boy’s world. The ambiguities and confusions confronting the behavior of people, even small children, are perfectly and lovingly observed and wonderfully illustrated in this little masterpiece. Every child (and every grownup with any honesty) will recognize themselves in this story.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—This charming import from Argentina follows Petit as he tries to figure out what makes him good when he's good and bad when he's bad. For example, he's bad when he lies, but he's good when he tells stories. He's good when he takes special care of his toys, but "Is it bad not to want to share them?" Poor Petit cannot figure out these strange dichotomies in his life. He supposes it runs in his family because Mother is good when she understands him but not so good when she sends him off to bed without dessert. Isol's deceptively simple cartoonlike illustrations that mix pencil drawing, oil pastels, and digital art aptly convey Petit's behavior. In the end, the child is reassured that, no matter what, his dog loves him. This is a great book to open discussions about behavior with children who sometimes do not pick up on clues from those around them.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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At first glance, the opening spread is idyllic: Petit, a smiling boy, is tossing a twig to his ecstatic dog. But the way the colors don’t quite fit inside the lines—not to mention the book’s title—hints that all is not well. Indeed, Petit is as much Hyde as Jekyll: “Petit can be very nice to Grandfather Paco / and very mean to pigeons.” This duality, for which he is duly punished by Mother, torments Petit. It’s an existential crunching of numbers that just don’t add up—how can he be both bad and good? There is a glimpse of understanding—despite how much Petit dislikes the class bad boy, he feels sorry for him when he is scolded—but, thankfully, it’s just a glimpse. Isol resists serving a lesson on a platter, choosing instead to let readers agonize along with the tortured antihero. The pencil-and-oil pastels run a fine line between cheery and nervy, leading to an unusually ruminative ending, in which Petit ponders if goodness/badness is more far-reaching than he thought: “Could it be that it runs in the family?” Grades K-1. --Daniel Kraus

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