Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
Patrick had so much energy that the two words he heard the most were "sit still!" Patrick's inability to sit still was frustrating for his parents, his teachers, his sister, and the bus driver�who all begged him to stop moving! But it was the most frustrating for Patrick who had so much energy and not enough to do. After a trip to the doctor (who diagnosed Patrick as someone who simply can't sit still), his mother decides to think up ways to keep Patrick busy. She gives him extra projects to do around the house, they walk to school, and his teachers let him do special projects after school. Now Patrick is so busy he doesn't have time to sit! A positive story for energetic youngsters who may feel bad at their inability to sit still. The text is simple, and the illustrations are bright and colorful.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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
Teachers and parents will immediately recognize Patrick, the subject of this appealing, slice-of-life picture book: He is the child who just can't sit still. Patrick knows 101 ways to sit in a chair; the drawing shows this happy, lanky kid always in motion in eight different chairs, as he rocks, kicks, lounges, and sprawls. "Sit still" are the two words he hears most, but Patrick really can't help iteven the doctor admits that there's nothing he can do for the boy. Patrick's mother, though, is not so placid; she comes up with dozens of activities for Patrick and starts walking to school with him.
No Attention-Deficit Disorder in this book, no administering of Ritalin; Carlson (How to Lose All Your Friends, 1994, etc.) is interested in a good old case of the fidgets, capturing Patrick in bright, flat, action-filled pictures with strongly diagonal compositions and multiple images that convey motion. The solution will strike some as simplistic, but the good humor and tolerance expressed send a positive message about kids like Patrick.