Petro and the Flea King by Kenneth Kit Lamug was not at all what I was expecting. It’s an illustrated story without dialog or narration. The reader infers the story based on the pictures, facial expressions, and section headings.
Tag: asian folktale
Petro and the Flea King seems like a simple story at first, but when you give this children’s book your full attention, you realize how ambitious the narrative truly is. Although the reader does encounter a few Tagalog words in the story, otherwise the adventure is completely wordless. Instead, Petro’s story, his transformation from tiny brat to heroic, dutiful lad, is explored and explained only through character actions, facial expressions, and interactions with others.