Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Petronilla is a little girl with “a talent for chaos” compared to her “perfect” older sister Babette. One evening while taking a bath Petronilla says “Wash on!” and instead of dirt washing off, colors wash onto her. Petronilla refuses to stop saying “wash on” and soon the whole house and family, including the dog, are covered with splotches of color. The family goes to the doctor who diagnoses “acute coloritis” and soon it spreads though the whole “street, the neighborhood, the town, the country, the continent and the whole planet.” When the abundance of colors makes it impossible to find the dog, Petronilla finally agrees to say “Wash off” and things go back to normal. Children will enjoy watching young Petronilla wielding her power. The illustrations of mixed media perfectly convey the chaos of color.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is one that will be enjoyed by any younger siblings who long for control.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 3/14/18