Petro and the Flea King
Kenneth Lamug, author
From an award-winning children's book author and illustrator comes a graphic novel full of whimsy, tradition, and fun for all ages. Petro the lazy boy, goes on an out-of-this-world adventure as he tries to save a small town from the torments of the Flea King and his minions. The characters which are based on traditional Filipino folk stories are imaginatively recreated and given a unique spin by the author. This wordless picture book is perfect for that reluctant reader as each beautifully rendered illustration shows a fantastical world of adventure that goes beyond words. How will Petro survive after being eaten by a large Balyena, or meeting the half-man half-beast creature that lives in the forest? Get this book and enjoy the whirl-wind adventure that takes more than one read to truly enjoy. Petro is a story about childhood, adventure and hugs from grandma.
Lamug’s predominantly wordless graphic novel is based on a traditional Philippine folktale called “Juan Tamad at ang Pulgas.” In lively vignettes, Lamug introduces the titular Petro—a small boy with a rounded face and raven-colored hair, whose fondness for video games earns him the moniker “Petro the Lazy Boy.” When Petro breaks a pot, his grandmother sends him to town to obtain a new one. There, he learns that his village—populated with Seussian tufted trees and anthropomorphic animals—has come under attack by the dastardly Flea King and his flea cronies. Petro sets out to find a solution to the infestation. He consults with Albularyo the Witch Doctor (a frog character whose unusual solution to the flea problem leads to a psychedelic sequence of events), is swallowed by a whale, befriends a wind-up robot, and is imprisoned by a horned tree giant, among other adventures. Readers who aren’t familiar with the folktale may not always understand exactly what is unfolding in the plucky, chimerical scenes, but it doesn’t matter: Lamug’s black-and-white artwork is accessible, expressive, and full of wit, and the visual storytelling promises new discoveries to be made upon subsequent readings. All ages. (BookLife)