From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?Patrick is always in motion, and his family is constantly admonishing him to "Sit still!" In school, gym is the only class in which he doesn't hear that command. At his teacher's suggestion, his mother takes him to a doctor who, after a thorough examination, pronounces that "Patrick simply can't sit still. There's nothing more I can do." His mother's solution is to keep him busy, so she encourages him to do odd jobs, activities, and projects that allow him to expend his energy in a productive manner. Carlson uses a minimal text and her trademark colorful drawings in telling this story. While some parents might feel affronted by the easy resolution of the boy's "problem," the book is just for fun, aimed at the "wigglers" rather than those with attention disorders. Sit Still! will lend itself nicely to a story-time setting. Try it with a particularly rambunctious group.?Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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Ages 5^-8. This interesting offering may cause some controversy. Patrick is a boy who can't sit still, despite the fact that everyone (his parents, the bus driver, and, especially, his teacher) implores him to do just that. The teacher has Patrick's mother bring Patrick to a "special doctor," who decides there is nothing wrong with him except that he can't sit still. So Patrick's mom decides to keep her son busy bowling, singing in the choir, helping the crossing guard, and doing extra tasks at school; soon, sitting still is no longer a problem. The book has some strong pluses. Carlson's artwork is always lively, and that energy works especially well here. Also, kids who are hyperactive will appreciate seeing one of their own portrayed in a positive light. On the other hand, for a percentage of hyperactive children, this solution seems simplistic. There is certainly an antimedication sentiment surrounding the hyperactivity debate, but medication has helped many children. And although it may be reasonable to suggest that parents try to keep children busy, how would this translate to the school environment, where teachers have to cope with lots of students with various problems? How people react to this book may depend on their own experiences. Ilene Cooper