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Petit, the Monster by Isol

The opening line of this book is an intriguing question: “Do you know Petit?” This sets the tone for the rest of this quirky story by Argentine author and illustrator Isol, which attempts to make sense of some of the confounding dichotomies of life from a little boy’s point of view — the most pertinent question being whether it is possible to be both good and bad at the same time.

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My No, No, No Day! (aka My Big Shouting Day!) by Rebecca Patterson

Life with kids is never short for drama, especially when they’re little and still learning how to manage their emotions and communicate effectively. After all, it’s not for nothing that people came up with the term ‘terrible twos’, since, speaking from personal experience, 2-year-olds seem to be most prone to throwing dramatic tantrums. (Of course, this is not to say that they don’t have angelic days, or that older kids don’t act out from time to time.) Thus, My No No No Day is a highly relatable and comical (in a if-you’re-not-living-through-it way) depiction of a little girl, Bella, who’s having an unusually difficult day where nothing seems to go right — at least in her books.

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Brief Thief by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo

Whether people abide by the laws and rules of society and/or religion says more about their ability to obey than their integrity since they are probably compelled to do so because, a) they are afraid of being caught; and b) they don’t want to face the (perceived or real) consequences. Often, it’s through what people choose to do when there are no laws or rules, and little to no possibility of them being discovered, that you can see their true colours. Thus, while children generally have an innate sense of right and wrong, it’s also important for the adults around them to cultivate and reinforce their moral values so that they will hopefully grow up choosing to do what’s right even when — as is often the case — it’s difficult or less convenient, and no one is around to tell them to do so.

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