A sick day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  A sick day for Amos McGee

Author:  Philip C. Stead;  Illustrated by:  Erin E. Stead

Collection:  Childrens EZ Books

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day–‘Ah-choo!’–he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.

What a delightful book!  The friendship between Amos and the animals is touching and charming, told by Philip Stead with just the right amount of old-fashioned detail.  Illustrated beautifully by Erin Stead, particularly notable as this is the first book she has ever illustrated, and since she won the coveted Caldecott Medal, the highest form of praise for children’s illustrations. Sometimes, I don’t understand the reasons behind the selections for the Caldecott, but this time around, they got it right.

A perfect children’s book in many ways.


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