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Petit, the Monster

Written by Isol

  • 40 Pages
  • 9780888999474
  • 7.875" x 7.875"
  • Reading age from 2 to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Opposites
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Values


Publication Date March 01, 2010

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 is a brilliant, funny and ever-so-true recreation of a small boy's world. The ambiguities and confusions confronting the behavior of human beings, even small children, are so perfectly and lovingly observed and so wonderfully illustrated that this book is a little masterpiece. Every child and every grownup with any honesty will recognize themselves in this story.

Selected for the CCBC Choices 2011



Isol is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Her delightful leporello, Tener un patito es util (It’s Useful to Have a Duck), was chosen by AIGA as one of its “50 Books/50 Covers” for concept and design, and it was also named one of “Los mejores libros para niños y jóvenes 2008” (The best books for children and youth 2008) by Venezuela’s Banco del Libro. Isol has also written and illustrated Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne, and she has illustrated Doggy Slippers by Jorge Luján. Her books have been published in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, France, Canada and the US. Isol is also an advertising illustrator, a professional singer and a comic book writer. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Petit is bad when he tells a lie and good at telling stories. Bad at Math. Good at Writing. Petit takes very good care of his toys, and that is good. Is it bad not to want to share them? Good for nothing? Bad at everything? Petit just wants a little peace and quiet. And a how-to manual to clear up his doubts.


"...a rare ending..."

"Isol resists serving a lesson on a platter..." Booklist

"Brilliant, funny and big-hearted..." Canadian Family

"[A] charming import." School Library Journal